Pierce County prosecutors charged three more men Monday in connection with the drive-by shooting that killed 20-year-old Camille Love on Tacoma's East Side.
Dean T. Salavea, 23, and Time Time, 25, pleaded not guilty in Superior Court to charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi ordered each man jailed in lieu of $2 million bail after deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen called them dangerous and flight risks. Both men have associates who fled to Mexico after being charged with crimes in Pierce County, Sorensen said.
A third man, 19-year-old Saul A. Mex, also was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and unlawful possession of firearm.
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He’s serving a 15-month prison sentence for an unrelated conviction. Oishi signed an arrest warrant for Mex, who soon will be brought to Pierce County for arraignment in the Love homicide.
Two other men previously charged in the shooting have pleaded not guilty.
Police and prosecutors allege members of an East Side gang shot up Love’s car Feb. 7 in retaliation for an earlier shooting that wounded one of their own. Gang members allegedly talked about how to strike back and doled out assignments.
Instead of finding a rival, prosecutors allege, the gang members fired on Love and her 19-year-old brother, Josh, who police say were randomly targeted and had nothing to do with gangs or the earlier shooting. Josh Love survived the shooting.
The Loves were attacked when they stopped at a traffic light at Portland Avenue and East 64th Street. Someone in a stolen minivan pulled alongside and opened fire when the light turned green, according to court records.
Officers found the minivan abandoned a short time later.
Charging documents indicate Mex was assigned as the shooter, but it was unclear whether he pulled the trigger. Prosecutors contend Salavea and Time were assigned to steal a vehicle to use in the shooting.
Members of the Police Department’s gang unit arrested Time late Thursday in Tacoma and Salavea late Friday.
Staff writer Adam Lynn contributed to this report.