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Spokane Police: 3rd Suspect Wanted In 2007 Murder

Derrick Martin-Armstead Derrick Martin-Armstead
Marc A. Anderson Marc A. Anderson

UPDATE FROM SPOKANE POLICE: Marc A. Anderson is wanted for Murder 1st Degree (accomplice) for his role in the shooting death of Daniel Burgess. Anyone with any information about his location is asked to call police.

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SPOKANE, WASH. - Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives made a second arrest Wednesday in the 2007 unsolved murder of 30-year-old Daniel Burgess. Officers arrested Jaleesa Anderson Wednesday for first-degree murder. Police say Anderson was an accomplice in the murder, as well as was involved in a stolen drugs case, which was tied to the 2007 homicide investigation.

On Monday night police also found probable cause to arrest 20-year-old Derrick Martin-Armstead for the murder of Burgess.Martin-Armsted made his first appearance in Spokane County District Court Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder.

According to an Affidavit of Facts, on October 10, 2007 Jaleesa Anderson and Jacqueline Anderson went to the intersection of Perry and Dalton to buy five ounces of marijuana for $1,500 from Kelly Johnston and Matthew Estes. Police allege, once Johnston and Estes presented the marijuana Jaleesa grabbed it and ran to Derrick Martin-Armstead's home on 1317 E. Dalton.

A month later, as retaliation for the stolen marijuana, someone threw a wrench into Martin-Armstead's living room window at his home on East Dalton. The wrench damaged the window and a large screen television just inside the living room.
 
According to police, that was motivation for the drive-by shooting that killed 30-year-old Daniel Burgess.

In the document, Martin-Armstead admits to Spokane investigators as being a member of a gang and said that the homicide occurred because "Kelly threw a wrench threw the window." Martin-Armstead went on to say that, "no one was going to disrespect them by throwing a wrench through their window."

He also told detectives "The three of us knew there was going to be a shooting."

According to the Affidavit of Facts, Martin-Armstead and his crew got into his girlfriend's mom's car and drove over to the house, on North Dakota, where they believed the people who threw the wrench lived. According to a confidential source who spoke to Spokane Police on terms of anonymity, he said Martin-Armstead's cousin got out of the car and shot a .22 revolver at the house several times. Martin-Armstead's cousin then got back in the car and the crew drove away, according to police.
 
On November 12, 2007 Daniel Burgess was shot and killed while inside that home on North Dakota Street.  Eight adults and one 13-year-old girl were inside the home when someone fired several rounds through a front window.  The bullet shattered a front window of the home and hit Burgess in the chest. He was the only person hit.

Police cracked the case after Martin-Armstead's former cellmate acted as a confidential source to police. The source said he and Martin-Armstead spent time together in the Spokane County Jail in 2007, where he alleged Martin-Armstead revealed the story of the murder.

Detectives are also requesting charges against Martin-Armstead for Conspiracy to Commit Murder. Police said they are investigating other people who were in the car at the time of the drive-by shooting and said others could be arrested in the case.

This web story was written by KHQ Local News Reporter Chelsea Kopta

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