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Report: ‘Long-haired Jimmy’s’ Mustang used in Old Town homicide

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on May 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
May 30, 2008 2:00 pm

Newly filed court documents shed more light on James D. Wamsley’s alleged involvement in the death of Eric Nevils, the Olympia man gunned down in Old Town two months ago in an apparent drug deal gone sour.


It appears that Wamsley’s car – a 1995 Ford Mustang – was used to transport Nevils to the dead-end street where he died, according to the documents.


“It is affiant’s belief that this vehicle was used before and after the homicide and aided John Richardson, Timothy Christian and James Wamsley to affect the murder and conceal or destroy evidence of the same afterwards,” a Tacoma police detective wrote in a sworn affidavit filed in Superior Court on Wednesday.


The detective also contends in the documents that Wamsley – aka “Long-haired Jimmy” – may have destroyed the handguns used to kill Nevils and may have supplied the narcotics that Richardson and Christian were supposed to sell to Nevils the night he died.


Richardson and Christian have been charged with first-degree murder in the case.


The detective wrote in his affidavit that the 30-year-old Wamsley (pictured here) has threatened to kill a witness in the case and also made vague threats against the detective’s family.


“A witness revealed that he made statements that your affiant ‘put him in prison last,’” according to the affidavit.


Wamsley was convicted in the 2003 beating of a man in a road-rage incident in Tacoma.


He was arrested again Wednesday and is being held on drug charges – police found an alleged methamphetamine lab at his home – but he has not been charged in Nevils’ death.

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