Lacey murder suspect charged in unrelated robbery

Staff writerJuly 10, 2013 

A 22-year-old Lacey man charged with fatally shooting 23-year-old Joshua Nelson at his Danials Loop home last year now faces an additional charge that he robbed the McDonald’s on Marvin Road at gunpoint about a month before the homicide.

Anthony Busby faces a charge of first-degree robbery for allegedly walking into the McDonald’s on Feb. 23, 2012, pointing a handgun at employees and stealing $2,700 from the registers and a safe. According to court papers, two of Busby’s acquaintances have given statements that Busby admitted to them that he committed the robbery.

The gun that Busby allegedly pointed at employees went off accidentally as the suspects fled, but no one was hurt. One employee told police that “it looked like he tripped on something and fired the gun into the ground,” court papers state.

Thurston County deputy prosecuting attorney Heather Stone said Wednesday that the second suspect in the McDonald’s robbery remains at large.

The new robbery charge was filed last week.

Busby was being held Wednesday at the Thurston County Jail on a first-degree murder charge in connection with Nelson’s death. He is scheduled to enter a plea to the murder charge Tuesday, according to court records.

Busby is accused of fatally shooting Nelson in his Danials Loop home on March 19, 2012, and wounding two others during a botched robbery. An accomplice in the shooting, Xavier Anderson, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in connection with Nelson’s death and is awaiting sentencing.

Busby and Anderson allegedly hatched a plan to rob the residents of the Danials Loop home last year because they believed there was $15,000 cash in the residence. Nelson was fatally shot, allegedly by Busby, and two other men also were struck by gunfire as they fled. Busby and Anderson never found the $15,000, court papers state.

After Busby’s arrest, Lacey police seized his cellphone. The phone had a photo date-stamped Feb. 23, 2012, depicting a dark-colored stocking mask similar to the one described as being used in the McDonald’s robbery, along with a large pile of money.

Lacey police also recovered the firearm used in the McDonald’s robbery. Busby told a witness that he dropped it after he fled the McDonald’s. DNA samples from the gun were compared with DNA from Busby, but the results were inconclusive, court papers state.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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