TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says a man was killed for allegedly stealing a car in a case of what he calls "vigilante justice run amok."
The prosecutor says 24-year-old Robert Ward was shot to death Feb. 16 at Fredrickson, after he showed up at a phony drug deal in a car he had reportedly stolen.
Investigators say three men had set up the meeting intending to beat him up and take the car back.
But when Ward attempted to drive away, he was fatally shot.
One suspect, 25-year-old Nathan Stevenson, pleaded not guilty last week to murder charges. The two other men, 28-year-old Presley Lind and 32-year-old Christopher Olsen, were charged Monday with murder. Lind was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Pierce County Superior Court.
Olsen is accused of being the shooter. He was arrested Saturday in Post Falls, Idaho.