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Foxx Gets Life In Prison For Four Murders -- Jury Finds Premeditation In Central Area Rampage

Jeffrey Foxx had already murdered three people inside a Central Area apartment, but it was his decision to pick up a mattress and kill a woman hiding under a bed that has put him in prison for the rest of his life.

In a quirky verdict, a King County Superior Court jury yesterday found that Foxx's first three murders weren't premeditated but that the fourth, that of Pamela Roberts, 38, constituted the state's most serious crime.

An aggravated murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence with no chance for parole.

The jury acquitted the 19-year-old crack dealer of aggravated murder in connection with the deaths of his 16-year-old girlfriend, June Walker; Danielle Jones, 16; and David Jones, 47. Instead, the jury found the killings fit the legal definitions of less-serious second-degree murder.

The four killings formed the county's worst mass murder since 1985.

The verdicts puzzled both prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Jury foreman Patrick Alexon said not all jurors could agree that the other three murders were premeditated but that the act of lifting up the mattress and firing upon Roberts - Walker's mother - was.

After killing the two teenagers in a hallway, Foxx broke down a door to murder David Jones and Roberts. Yet one juror believed that breaking the door and killing the man also failed to show premeditation.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Craig Peterson said he was pleased by the verdicts but also puzzled.

"Frankly, I'm surprised," he said. "I thought it was clear that all four met the definition of aggravated murder."

Defense attorney John Hicks was confused why the jury evaluated Roberts' murder more seriously than the others and said an appeal would be filed.

Foxx reacted calmly, as he had throughout the trial, when the verdict was read.

In closing arguments, Hicks said that Foxx killed Walker in a fit of passion because she was leaving him and that the others were killed "in a frenzied panic."

Deputy Prosecutor Howard Schneiderman said Foxx entered the house only after parking his car out of sight, knowing that Walker was inside, and checking to make sure he was armed. He planned to kill Walker and then murdered the other three occupants to cover up the crime, Schneiderman said.

"He wasn't satisfied to kill his 16-year-old girlfriend," Schneiderman said. "He wanted to kill without accountability."

The most devastating evidence came from 14-year-old Louis Davis, a friend of Foxx who witnessed the carnage.

Davis testified he saw Foxx shoot Walker in the head and quickly shift his aim and kill Danielle Jones, who was standing nearby. Davis then fled the house but recounted how Foxx bragged about kicking open a bedroom door to kill the other two.

Foxx took Davis to Central Washington immediately after the killings, but accidentally shot the boy in the leg while cleaning a gun. While Davis was being treated at a Cle Elum hospital he told authorities about the murders.

Hicks called Davis a street-wise drug dealer who embellished details of the crime to distance himself from it. He said the boy's word was unreliable.

Foxx not only talked about killing the occupants of the apartment before the murders but gleefully told his sister about it just after it occurred, Davis testified.

Foxx's case was the worst multiple murder in King County since David Lewis Rice was sentenced to die for the 1985 Christmas Eve murders of all four members of the Charles Goldmark family in their home in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood.

Copyright (c) 1993 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.


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