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No Homicide Charges Filed in Bonney Lake Shooting Death

Four people face charges of felony kidnapping, harassment and attempted robbery in the death of 26-year-old Donald Thomas, but the Bonney Lake homeowners who fired the shots have claimed self-defense.

Three of the four suspects connected with the Oct. 25 shooting of 26-year-old Donald Thomas appeared in Pierce County Superior Court today to face charges of kidnapping, attempted robbery and felony harassment.

While all four will face jury trials for their roles in Thomas' death, none have been charged with homicide.

Thomas was allegedly at a Bonney Lake residence to rob its residents and the lethal shots appeared to be in self-defense, said Phil Sorensen, Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Pierce County.

“If additional information comes through that looks like we should change our minds, we can certainly can do so, but at this point it’s not anticipated that any homicide charges will be filed,” said Sorensen.  “There’s still an investigation going on, so other charges—specifically drug charges—could be coming.”

Three of the defendants—Colton E. Geeson, 20; Michael A. Edwards, 35; and Job M. Edwards of Bonney Lake, 33—appeared in court today for their arraignment. The fourth suspect, Krystal Frietas, 32, did not appear due to illness so her court date is pending.

THE CRIME

According to the charging documents in this case, Geeson called 911 to report a shooting at a duplex on the 19200 block of 75th Ave. E. in Bonney Lake around 4 p.m. on Oct. 25. He met officers at the scene and told them he and Thomas were friends, and they were there to rob homeowners of their drugs. During the course of the robbery, Thomas was shot in the head.

Geeson said the homeowners held him at gunpoint, and they told him that he was going to die too. After Thomas was shot, Geeson was ordered to move his car into the garage so Thomas’ body could be placed in it. He did so but managed to escape on foot from the garage before the door closed and called police.

According to documents, after speaking to Geeson, investigators surveyed the residence. About the same time, Michael Edwards observed one of the detectives at the residence and called 911 to report a burglary. Still, police took him and Job Edwards, who was sitting on the stairs outside the home, into custody. Frietas was taken into custody after she was forced to exit the home. She is Michael’s girlfriend and lives at the residence with him and Job, according to investigators.

Initially, Michael Edwards told police that Thomas and Geeson broke into his house, and Thomas had a handgun. Eventually, he admitted that the two men were there to buy prescription painkillers from Frietas, according to documents.

Frietas told police that the two men were at her home to purchase drugs when Thomas produced a gun and started to struggle with Michael Edwards. She said Thomas fired his gun several times but denied seeing Michael Edwards with his own gun.

Michael Edwards allegedly disarmed Thomas, who fled down the stairs. Thomas ran into Job Edwards, who was coming up the stairs after he heard the commotion, armed with his own handgun. Job Edwards said he fired six or seven shots at Thomas. Michael Edwards admitted to shooting Thomas as well. 

Investigators said Thomas was shot at close range in his head, the back of his neck, hips and back.

After Thomas fell, Michael Edwards admitted to dragging his body into the garage so that he could be placed in Geeson’s car.

Investigators found Thomas on the floor of the garage. Several spent shell castings plus a 12-gauge shotgun, a .40 caliber handgun and .45 caliber handgun were recovered from the scene.

After the shooting, Frietas admitted to police that she loaded a car with evidence from the scene and drove it to a nearby apartment complex and left it there. That car has since been recovered and is currently being processed.

CHARGES FILED                                         

At Monday’s arraignment, Geeson was charged with first-degree attempted robbery. His bail is set at $150,000. Frietas and the two Edwards men have all been charged with first-degree kidnapping and felony harassment for knowingly threatening and detaining Greeson during the robbery. A $250,000 bail has been set on all three individuals.

The Edwards men are both convicted felons and could also face potential charges for unlawful possession of a firearm, if they were found to be illegal, said Sorensen. Authorities must investigate their past convictions before adding the firearm charges.

If convicted, Frietas and the two Edwards men could face 10 to 12 years in prison for their charges. Geeson faces 6 years in prison for first-degree robbery. Geeson does not have a felony record—he was charged with misdemeanor crimes as a minor but his records are sealed.

A jury trial for the four individuals is scheduled for Dec. 17, 2012 in Pierce County Superior Court.

Lauren Padgett (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 04:42 PM
There were a couple of comments about this story on our Facebook page... Stephanie Del Duca had this thoughtful comment: "I have strong mixed feelings about this. If you're going to be involved in drug activity you are involving yourself in illegal activity and opening yourself to these kind of people. I feel there should be a lot more accountability and some sort of charges involved with the murder." Do you agree?
JIM WAKLSH November 01, 2012 at 12:22 AM
THEY ARE NOT CONVICTED FELONS LAUREN GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT
Lauren Padgett (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Hi Jim, I was at the arraignment and spoke with the Prosecutor and this is what I know: Job Edwards has been convicted of previous counts of malicious mischief, false statements and possession of controlled substances. He also had outstanding warrants in multiple municipalities, according to the judge in this case. Michael Edwards has previously been convicted of attempted theft of a firearm. Whether or not the two Edwards men were able to legally own the guns produced in the shooting because of their felony status is the question here. Hope that helps clear it up for you.
Mymy November 01, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Maybe you should double check all your info. Freitas and edwards bail is not 250,000. You you were not at arraignment for krystal. Shes never been in trouble and michaels attempted was like 91
thatgirl November 01, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I think the point is someone was killed last I checked it said he was unarmed and on the stairs when he was shot so murder charges should be filed
Mymy November 02, 2012 at 02:16 AM
So its okay for a man to rob someone try to shoot them which could have killed them, and take off. Self defense. They wouldnt have used any guns if they werent feeling like they were in danger. Also it said he fired several times and he was able to disarm him how was his brother supposed to know he wasnt shot.
Mark C November 02, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Something about hopped up druggies firing guns for any reason in a neighborhood full of kids makes this especially heinous. Whether they were or were not "prior convicted felons" doesn't really matter to me, the bottom line is that they were selling drugs - an occupation rife with this type of hazard - in a neighborhood full of kids. Self defense, manslaughter, murder...does it matter? Does it somehow vindicate them from putting innocent neighbors in danger?
just for today November 03, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Tell me why would you try to hide the body, shoot numerous times and hold someone captive if your just trying to protect yourself??? The only two with prior records are the Edwards Brothers???
Jim November 05, 2012 at 01:12 AM
we should be looking into th eneighbors of the edwards they are very bad ppl they live right next door i do belive i saw them jump over the deck to get into the apartment
Theone November 05, 2012 at 05:51 AM
When did that happen? Two ppl were arrested this weekend after beimg caught breaking in and robbing there house, everyone thinks the bad ppl are in jail, think again!
Theone November 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Theres innocent good people in jail because in this world its okay to rob someone at gun point! The truth will come out and all of you guys will be eating crow for your horrible views on a situation that doesnt involve you the slightest!
AGREE November 07, 2012 at 10:47 PM
THEONE I AGREE
Rosie November 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Lauren, I disagree that there should be charges associated with the homicide. Being guilty of one crime or behavior does not make someone guilty of another.
Rosie November 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
just for today, the Edwards brothers were NOT the only ones with previous records, but not sure what point you are trying to make with that anyway. It is very common for people to shoot multiple times in self defense. These things happen quickly, adrenaline takes over... There may have been multiple crimes committed at that house, but murder was not one of them. If there was any way that the DA could charge them for that, he would. The law is clear in this situation.
Rosie November 09, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Mark, no, the fact that this was justifiable homicide does not excuse them from any other crime they may have committed, such as selling drugs. Just FYI, according to neighbors, the Edwards brothers were not selling drugs directly from their home. We do tend to jump to a lot of conclusions when we hear about these terrible, unimaginable things.
Lisa November 13, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Please contact the police to report. They were were also seen by someone else too and spotted with a purse belonging to girlfriend of the brothers. Also most of their belongings were taken from the home.
Lisa November 13, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I called the police and asked if anyone was caught or arrested and they said No, they received a call and responded but they did not see anyone and it didn't appear to broken into and then asked where I was getting my information from? Where did you hear this because this was also heard from the next door neighbor girl who says she saw it and described a vehicle.
Christine January 12, 2013 at 08:43 AM
These are not bad or violent people, Krystal especially. It's a sad situation all around but Krystal deserves to be out of jail and move forward with her life.
Jamie Mclean October 30, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Bs krystal set up the whole thing she should be resposible tryin to rob ur own boyfriend disqusting

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