Pierce County man accused of killing 2 roommates ordered held

TACOMA — A Tacoma-area man suspected of beating two roommates to death with a pipe has been ordered held without bail.

A Pierce County Superior Court judge on Monday ordered Richard Atkisson, 40, detained for 72 hours on a fugitive warrant out of California, where he has been charged with a sex offense.

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating Sunday’s double homicide in a Spanaway home.

According to a court document, Atkisson says he observed what he described as his roommates’ “grooming behavior” toward boys. He told police he decided to kill them.

Court papers say Atkisson told detectives he used a pipe to beat one roommate and later placed a bag over his head until he stopped breathing. He used the same pipe to kill the other roommate.

The Pierce County medical examiner identified the victims as 20-year-old Michael Henderson and 66-year-old Joseph Moisa. The medical examiner’s office says both men suffered blunt force injuries and Moisa also suffered asphyxiation. Henderson also had neck compression.

A deputy verifying the address of a sexual offender at the home discovered the bodies.

More in Local News

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Departing mayor’s locally drawn portrait joins city’s pantheon

Artist Elizabeth Person’s portrait of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will hang with others at City Hall.

Mayor tries new tactic to curb fire department overtime

Stephanson says an engine won’t go into service when the only available staff would be on overtime.

Cheering families welcome Kidd, Shoup after 6 months at sea

“I get back Daddy back today,” said one homemade sign at Naval Station Everett.

Paine Field fire chief will be allowed to retire

In his letter, the airport director noted Jeff Bohnet was leaving while under investigation.

Stanwood man, 33, killed in crash near Marysville

Speed may have been a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

County plans to sue to recoup costs from ballot drop-box law

A quarter-million dollars could be spent adding 19 ballot boxes in rural areas.

For modern women, 98-year-old rejection letters still sting

In a stark new video, today’s female Boeing engineers break the silence about an embarrassing past.

February trial set for suspect in deadly Marysville shooting

There had been questions about Wayne Alpert’s mental health.

Most Read