Prosecutors: Drug money the motive for Shelton double murder

Prosecutors: Drug money the motive for Shelton double murder »Play Video
Mason County SWAT team members move in on home in their search for a suspected gunman, May 30, 2012. (Photo: Mason County Sheriff's Office.)
NEAR SHELTON, Wash. -- As a SWAT team moved in to a home near Shelton Wednesday, looking for a double murder suspect, prosecutors announced the motive for the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute over drug money.

The Mason County SWAT team believed they had their suspect, Charles Longshore, cornered and moved in on a two story home in a quiet neighborhood near the Squaxin Island Tribal Headquarters. Detectives have been tracking him since Monday when he's accused of gunning down two people, 19-year-old Tyler Drake and 37-year-old Anitrea 'Roxy' Taber.

Several hours after the murders, the same SWAT team members flushed out two suspects from the house across the alleyway. Bobby Raphael, Jr. was arrested on murder and rendering criminal assistance charges.

Charging papers say Raphael and Longshore went to collect a drug debt from Taber.


Charles Longshore
"And Longshore ended up being armed with a gun and shooting and killing the two inside the house," said Mike Darcy, Mason County Prosecutor.

Darcy said Longshore actually returned to the scene, but police didn't know he was a suspect and Raphael failed to tell them. Neither did Raphael's girlfriend Kristina Selwyn, and she too was arrested for rendering criminal assistance.

Longshore was questioned and released.

"People are helping (Longshore), but there's a message to be sent here," said Chief Dean Byrd with the Mason County Sheriff's Office. "If you help Mr. Longshore, justice will be reigning down upon you."

But the SWAT team thought they had Longshore trapped inside the home. Yet after four hours of careful surveillance, tear gas and finally entry into the home, Longshore was not there, although two people were arrested on unrelated warrants.

Meanwhile, Raphael, Jr. and Selwyn will be back in court June 11 for arraignment on those charges.