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Prosecutors charge 2 with aggravated murder in videotaped attack

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm with 8 Comments »
March 31, 2011 3:53 pm

Pierce County prosecutors have charged two men with aggravated first-degree murder in connection with the torturing of an unidentified man that was captured on camera.

Michael Edward Crosman, 25, was arraigned on the charge this afternoon and ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail. Lakewood police arrested Crosman on Wednesday night.

A warrant has been issued  for the arrest of Maalo Semu Samaota, 30.

Prosecutors allege Crosman videotaped a young man who’d been bound and gagged with duct tape and was tortured with a knife, court documents state. The tape is 19 minutes long. Samaota is alleged to be the attacker.

Crosman told detectives the victim had stolen a vehicle that contained drugs. The attack was payback, charging documents state.

A disc containing the videotaped attack was dropped off at the Spokane Police Department in February.

Detectives believe the remains found earlier this month off a hiking trail at Harts Lake are the victim but are waiting further investigation, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said. The remains were discovered March 10 and have not yet been identified.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office watched the video. There were several similarities between the young man and the victim found at Harts Lake, court documents state. Both wore the same “Grim Reaper” T-shirt, wore two silver rings and had the same hair.

The arrest was the culmination of a months-long investigation into a tip about a possible homicide, Lakewood police Lt. Dave Guttu said. He declined to comment further.

Aggravated murder is the state’s highest crime and carries with it only two possible sentences – capital punishment or life in prison without the possibility of release. Lindquist said it’s too early to say whether the death penalty will be sought against in this case.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. DeschutesMan says:

    Jesus Christ! We live among animals and pure evil! Pierce County is still a dumping ground for dead bodies.

  2. imissmymother1 says:

    They both deserve the death penalty. If you can watch a murder and video tape it, you are just as responsible. euthanize the rabid dogs and save the state money.

  3. fivecardstud says:

    Why do they even bether wasting money on a trial? These guy were dumb enough to video their chrime so it’s pretty evident they are guilty. I can’t imagine any amount of drugs that are worth someones life. I hope they go directly to Bubbas cell on D block and he instructs them properly on the social and sexual graces in prison every day for the rest of their rotten lives.

  4. Soundlife says:

    We need a little more bleach in the gene pool

  5. t_Johnson says:

    Hey, wait a minute, I was told that drug use is a victimless crime.

  6. Any sentence less than the Death Penalty for these two would be a Travesty.

  7. chriscarlson79 says:

    Kill em all and let God sort em out! USMC

  8. I’m curious if this was all the excitement that was happening at 104th and Butte Drive. I would like to know if this was going on and what neighborhood area. It slays me how “closed” up Lakewood tends to keep its news. God forbid they let the people who live around here know what the hell is going on. I understand while it is under investigation, but could you let us know now?

    Way to go Andy “keep it a secret” Neiditz. Doesn’t want us little people to know what is going on in our neighborhoods. Well guess what Andy, we have a right to know. Once an arrest is made I think we have a right to know WHERE the arrest was made.

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