PORT ANGELES — Authorities have filed heavier charges against one of the three people accused in a triple homicide in Port Angeles.
Found dead in the driveway of their 52 Bear Meadow Road, a 4.8-acre rural parcel east of Port Angeles, were homeowner and trucking company owner Darrell C. Iverson, 57, and his son, Jordan D. Iverson, 27, on New Year’s Eve day.
Jordan Iverson’s girlfriend, Tiffany A. May, 26, was found dead in a locked shed the following day, shot in the back multiple times before being dragged into the outbuilding, according to court documents.
Authorities and witnesses have described the address as a haven for the buying, selling and using of methamphetamine, a place where drugs were traded for weapons and violence was not uncommon.
All three victims were shot multiple times, including with a single bullet to the head, according to probable cause statements in the case. Authorities said they were killed in a storm of gunfire Dec. 26.
Formally charged in the Iversons’ and May’s deaths on Tuesday was Dennis Marvin Bauer, 50, already in the Clallam County jail on $3.5 million bail.
Charges against Bauer, a commercial floor cleaner who bragged to his nephew Ryan Warren Ward — who had a criminal complaint filed against him Monday in the homicides — of being a hit man for the Mexican Mafia, were made more serious Tuesday than the accusations upon which Bauer was arrested Thursday at his Lower Elwha Road home.
Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michele Devlin added aggravated to the three first-degree murder charges, “based upon newly discovered evidence,” she said at the hearing.
That means that in intentionally causing someone’s death in a premeditated manner, “there was more than one victim and the murders were part of a common scheme or plan or the result of a single act of the person,” according to state law.
Firearms enhancements also were added to Bauer’s three murder charges.
He left a magazine for the gun he allegedly used at the scene, according to court documents.
Superior Court Judge Brent Basden found probable cause for the charges and set Bauer’s arraignment for 9 a.m. Feb. 8.
Bauer is alleged to have shot the elder Iverson and his son in a dispute with Iverson over Iverson’s treatment of Kallie Ann Letellier, 34, also a suspect in the case.
Letellier lived at Iverson’s residence until mid-December, then lived with Bauer in an intimate relationship, according to court documents.
Both Letellier and Ward, 37, are prime suspects in the case according to Superior Court filings Monday.
Letellier was ordered held Monday in the Clallam County jail on $3 million bail for investigation of three counts of first-degree murder.
According to her probable cause statement filed Monday, Letellier said Bauer told her “to take care of Tiffany,” after which she shot May multiple times as she ran from the house while her boyfriend and Iverson were being gunned down.
Letellier told authorities Ward and Bauer “have talked about killing the Iversons” in the past, according to the statement.
“During the car ride following the killings, Ryan made comments something to the effect that he did not want to be involved in the killings, but the Iversons were still both alive after being shot by Dennis, and he had to finish them off,” she allegedly said.
Ward, who lived with his uncle, had a criminal complaint filed Monday against him that contains three counts of first-degree murder with firearms enhancements and a charge of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to his probable cause statement, Ward said he was at the Iversons’ but said Bauer and Letellier “did all the shooting.”
He “gave a description of Dennis shooting Jordan and Darrell, and then Kallie shooting Tiffany,” according to the statement, authored by Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Eric Munger.
“Ryan’s description of how Kallie killed Tiffany was consistent with the evidence I saw at the scene.”
Ward is in the Snohomish County jail on $3 million bail on a Clallam County warrant on the murder charges and on a Snohomish County warrant for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
His next court hearing in Snohomish County is March 8.
Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected].