Third teenager pleads not guilty in deadly Lakewood robbery

March 27, 2008 

Pierce County Judge Susan Serko ordered a 19-year-old man charged with murder jailed in lieu of $1 million bond Thursday.

A plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of Nathan Alan Dysert at his arraignment in Superior Court.

Dysert is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death Javon Holden. Prosecutors also charged Dysert with second-degree murder to give a jury an option of a lesser charge should the case go to trial.

Holden died in his Lakewood apartment Tuesday after being shot in the head during an apparent robbery.

Prosecutors allege in court documents that Dysert conspired with two other teenagers – James LaRon Ellis and Christopher Daniel Holt Jr. – to rob Holden, who was beaten before being shot. Ellis admitted to shooting Holden but claims he did so in self-defense, according to charging papers.

Ellis and Holt also are charged with first- and second-degree murder in the case. They pleaded not guilty Wednesday and were ordered jailed in lieu of $2 million bail in the case of Ellis and $1 million in the case of Holt.

Dysert remained on the loose until Wednesday afternoon, so he didn’t appear in court until Thursday.

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