OLYMPIA - Robert J. Maddaus pleaded not guilty Monday to a count of first-degree murder and other charges stemming from Shaun Allen Peterson's shooting death Nov. 16 on Capitol Way.
Peterson, 40, of Olympia, was found dead in the 1700 block of Capitol Way in the early morning hours. He had been shot multiple times.
According to court papers, Maddaus, 48, “was angered by the theft of drugs or money from him.” A witness said Maddaus was “a significant seller of methamphetamine,” court papers state.
Maddaus’ attorney, Richard Woodrow, said Monday that he was reviewing court documents that were unsealed Monday morning and detailed prosecutors’ case against his client. But, Woodrow added, from what he can tell, Maddaus and Peterson were good friends, and “it doesn’t seem like Shaun” to have stolen from Maddaus.
According to the unsealed court records:
Police found a .38 caliber handgun at Maddaus’ mother’s home, where he had taken refuge after Peterson’s homicide.
One witness told police that Maddaus fired about five shots at Peterson Nov. 16 outside a Capitol Way apartment while Peterson was handcuffed. Maddaus had accused Peterson of stealing drugs from him, but Peterson denied stealing the drugs before he was shot.
Olympia police issued an arrest warrant for Maddaus days after Peterson’s homicide.
Maddaus was arrested Friday night in Lewis County by Lewis County sheriff’s deputies who learned he was staying in the Chehalis area and pulled him over in a Corvette in the 1800 block of Rich Road.
In addition to the charges related to Peterson’s homicide, Maddaus also is charged in connection with a prior incident, where Maddaus is accused of assaulting someone while trying to determine whether he had been robbed.
Maddaus pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder while armed with a deadly weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, second-degree assault while armed with a deadly weapon and second-degree kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon.
Woodrow asked a Thurston County Superior Court judge to continue Maddaus’ bail hearing Monday. It has been rescheduled to 3 p.m. today.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465