Police: Couple bought gun for man accused in spree
PORTLAND — An Oregon couple faces charges after authorities say they bought a gun for two people accused of a three-state killing spree and then helped them avoid capture.
Kimberly Wyatt has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, straw purchase of a firearm and failing to report the alleged kidnapping and slaying of an Oregon teenager.
Wyatt was released Monday, before an Aug. 20 trial. She is forbidden from contacting her husband or leaving the state. Her attorney did not return a call for comment on Tuesday afternoon.
Her husband, Corey Wyatt, is incarcerated on unrelated charges and has not yet made a plea on the same charges.
The couple is accused of purchasing a handgun for David Pedersen — who, as a felon, was forbidden from the purchase — and later helping Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, avoid capture.
Pedersen and Grigsby have white-supremacist ties, and Pedersen has said in court that his motivation for the slayings was partly due to the victims’ ethnicities or skin color.
The couple has been connected in the deaths of an Oregon teenager whom Pedersen said he believed was Jewish, and a man in California that Pedersen said they targeted because he was black.
Pedersen pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder for the 2011 slaying of his father and stepmother in Everett, Wash. Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty, and Pedersen has been sentenced to life in prison.
Grigsby is awaiting trial on federal racketeering charges alleging that she and Pederson committed the slayings as part of a campaign to “purify” and “preserve” the white race. Both have pleaded not guilty.
After authorities connected the deaths of Pedersen's parents to the Oregon teenager, a broader manhunt ensued in 2011 that culminated with a short car chase in California that ended when the pair surrendered.
Grigsby made news late last year when Columbia County jail officials uncovered a relationship between her and a man accused of mailing a parcel with a mysterious white powder to a federal prosecutor in December 2011.