3.20.2010


Fourth arrest made in Sanders slaying
An alleged fourth perpetrator in the February killing of a McKinleyville man was arrested on a $1 million murder warrant in Crescent City Tuesday.

Tracy Joleen Williams, 35, of Eureka, was arrested without incident by Crescent City police at 2:30 p.m. on suspicion of murder at an A Street apartment there. She was booked into Humboldt County jail Tuesday night.

Humboldt County District Attorney and Sheriff's Office investigators issued a warrant for Williams' arrest early this month. Williams was allegedly among four people who were involved in killing 30-year-old Ezra Sanders at his residence in the Widow White Creek RV Park in McKinleyville.

Investigators believe Williams acted as a lookout as her three male companions went to Sanders' trailer to allegedly rob him of money and drugs on Feb. 24. Sanders was shot once in the chest and died of his injuries.

The three other suspects are still in custody on suspicion of murder. Jeffrey Alan Burgess, 39, of Eureka; Ruben Anthony Peredia, 33, of Ukiah and Lukus Larry Mace, 31, of Arcata, are in Humboldt County jail on suspicion of murder and attempted armed robbery. The three have each pleaded not guilty to the charges.

John Driscoll can be reached at 441-0504 or
jdriscoll@times-standard.com.