TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Brett Ashdon Dollens, 22, with two counts of murder in the first degree for shooting 23-year-old Daniel Miller and 22-year-old Charissa Dobbins to death in their Fife home. The homicide appears to be drug related. Dollens pleaded not guilty and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
“Dealing hard drugs is a dangerous business with some dangerous people,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “We will hold the defendant fully accountable.”
On Dec. 3, 2015, a man called 911 to report that he found two of his friends dead inside their home. Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found both victims in the living room with gunshot wounds to the head. The friend told deputies that Miller was a heroin dealer and had recently accused Dollens of stealing drugs from him. Another witness told detectives that Dollens had spoken about robbing Miller and explained that he would use a revolver because it would not leave shell casings behind.
Detectives located Dollens later that night. He told them that he went to Miller’s home earlier that day to settle his dispute with Miller. Dollens told the detectives that he physically fought with Miller and the gun went off during the struggle.
According to the medical examiner, Miller and Dobbins died from gunshot wounds to the head, fired at close range. Neither victim suffered defensive wounds.
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Communications and Public Information Coordinator
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office