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Four people charged with murder in fatal robbery at Tacoma motel

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on April 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm with No Comments »
April 5, 2013 2:46 pm

Pierce County prosecutors today charge three men and a woman with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the death of a man gunned down in a Tacoma motel March 29.

Marcus Reed, 24; Daniel Davis, 25;  Damien Davis, 30; and Ariel Abrejera, 21, all are charged with one count each of first-degree murder and two counts each of first-degree robbery. Reed, Davis and Davis also are charged with being felons in possession of firearms. Prosecutors do not believe Daniel Davis and Damien Davis are related.

Not guilty pleas were entered on their behalves today in Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Reed jailed in lieu of $2 million, Davis and Davis is lieu of $1.5 million and Abrejera in lieu of million bail.

Prosecutors contend in charging documents the four hatched a plan to rob Donald Phily and others in the Morgan Motel, which is in the 7000 block of Pacific Avenue, after Damien Davis visited the room and saw drugs and electronics there.

Daniel Davis allegedly provided the gun for the job, and Abrejera acted as getaway driver, court records show.

Once at the motel, Reed and Daniel Davis went to the door of Room 8 and knocked. Phily, 42, was opening the door when the two men burst in, court records show.

Reed allegedly opened fire immediately, hitting Phily in the chest and killing him. He and Daniel Davis then robbed the occupants — taking Phily’s wallet in the process — and fled to the a waiting car, which drove them away, court records show.

Reed, who allegedly bragged to friends about killing Phily, declined to make a statement to police.

Daniel Davis admitted to taking part in the robbery but said he did so only because he was afraid, court records show. Damien Davis also gave a detailed statement to police in which he divulged his part in the robbery, which included helping to plan the heist and divvying up stolen money, cell phones and other items afterward.

Abrejera admitted driving the group to a spot near the Morgan Motel but said she didn’t know a robbery was going to take place, the records show.

Reed, Davis and Davis all have previous felony convictions which prohibit them from possessing firearms.


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