Jealousy drove murder at Everett coffee stand, prosecutors say

EVERETT — A Snohomish County jury on Tuesday heard from a young woman whose boyfriend was shot to death last year after he dropped her off at her job at a south Everett espresso stand.

The woman’s ex-boyfriend Bud Fraser is on trial for the Sept. 14, 2009 killing. Fraser, who turns 23 next week, is accused of ambushing Collin Cross, 21, outside the drive-up espresso stand. Fraser is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm.

Prosecutors allege that Fraser wanted to get back together with his ex-girlfriend and was jealous of Cross. The woman told investigators that Fraser had sent her numerous text messages, begging her to take him back. She also said that he’d shown up at the stand on numerous occasions in the week leading up to the shooting.

Fraser’s attorney told jurors that the shooting was an accident.

That morning Cross drove the woman to work, parked near the stand and the woman went inside to make him a coffee. She heard a gunshot and opened the window. She heard her puppy whining. She’d left the dog with Cross in his car.

The woman went outside to investigate and found Cross slumped over in his car. He was covered in blood.

He died from a single gunshot to the head.

Prosecutors allege that Fraser drove to the stand with an AK-47 rifle in his Chevy Camaro. He smoked several cigarettes, waiting for Cross to show up, according to Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Laura Twitchell.

Fraser got out of his car with his rifle and approached Cross, prosecutors allege. Witnesses reported seeing a man matching Fraser’s description approach the Honda and then run back to the Camaro. Prosecutors believe Fraser threw the gun back in his car and then ran from the scene. His father picked him up a few blocks away.

Fraser was arrested a day after the shooting at a truck stop in Ellensburg. He told investigators that he was hitchhiking to Idaho to visit his ailing grandfather.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday.

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