3 charged with murder in drug robbery

People allegedly told police that 2 of them talked about the robbery before and after it happened.

EVERETT — Murder charges were filed Friday against three young people allegedly linked to an Oct. 17 drug robbery that ended with two men shot, one fatally.

Edmond Clay Overton, Vanessa Marie Joy Grimmett and Laura Bonita Johnson each now face first-degree murder charges in Snohomish County Superior Court. Overton also is charged with first-degree assault.

Overton, 24, is accused of shooting two men during a robbery at the apartment of Grimmett’s aunt. Johnson is suspected of driving the getaway car.

One man was hit in the ear with the bullet lodging between his scalp and skull, according to court papers filed earlier in the case. He survived.

Darren Larson, 55, died at the scene after being shot in the back.

Detectives said that Overton and Grimmett, 18, came up with the plan to rob the home. People allegedly told police that the pair had been talking about the robbery before and after it happened.

Investigators were told that a gunman showed up in the home, smacked the survivor in the head with a pistol and ordered him to surrender drugs and money.

Larson reportedly fought back briefly, but raised his hands when he spotted the firearm, according to court papers.

Gunfire broke out after the other man in the home reportedly tried to attack the robber with an electric stun gun.

A witness who saw the robber run from the scene later told officers “the suspect’s style of walking” made him believe it was Overton.

Police caught up with Overton and Grimmett at a Seattle hotel. Johnson, 27, was arrested not long after.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@herald net.com. Twitter: @snorthnews.

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