Another far-out right-wing activist (Minuteman) charged with murderSubmitted by SteveMT on Sat, 06/13/2009 - 14:15
Published: Saturday, June 13, 2009
Activist Shawna Forde charged in double slaying
Woman with troubled past in Everett now accused in Arizona
By Scott North and Jackson Holtz
An outspoken anti-immigration activist who was at the center of a series of violent crimes in Everett earlier this year now stands accused of the home-invasion killings of an Arizona man and his 9-year-old daughter.
Shawna Forde, 41, and two associates in her Minuteman American Defense group are charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of aggravated assault, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department in Arizona.
The May 30 killings were believed to be premeditated and part of a plan to steal money and drugs to finance the Minuteman group she leads. Forde's own family said that the woman weeks ago had discussed using robberies to raise money for her cause.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told the Green Valley News and Sun that Forde was trying right up until her arrest Friday "to get together a large amount of money to further sophisticate the type of operation she's interested in."
Forde denied the charges.
"No, I did not do it,"