Two wanted in connection to murder of Lacey man

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by ZAHID ARAB / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 7:40 PM

LACEY, Wash. -- Police are searching for two teenage boys in connection with the robbery and murder of a Lacey man Wednesday night.

Daniel Smith, 34, died on scene after one of the suspects shot him in the shoulder and arm pit.

Three other suspects were arrested early Thursday morning for the investigation of the crime.

A Thurston County Superior Court Judge ordered that Stephen Pettit, 18, and Eric Adamczewski,19, stay in custody on $500,000 bail.

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Prosecutors plan to charge a third suspect, a juvenile boy, as an adult because of the nature of the crime.

Police believe the two wanted teenage suspects, including the shooter, are either in Pierce or Thurston County.

According to statements to police, the suspects told the victim they wanted to buy marijuana from him. The group met at a Lacey grocery store for the deal, but when the suspects didn’t have money Smith took off.

Prosecutors say the group called Smith again and arranged to meet him at the College Glen Apartments. The suspects surrounded the victim’s car and when he didn’t hand over the marijuana, Smith was shot and killed.

“It’s caused me a great deal of anxiety,” said Susan Emory, who lives at the complex.

With two suspects still at large, neighbors feel uncomfortable going out at night.

“For what we know they could still be right here,” said Emory.

Family friends say Smith was a loving father to two young girls and was trying to turn his life around. According to court records, the victim has an extensive criminal history including firearms, domestic violence and controlled substance charges.

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