Fourth man charged in fatal Frederickson shooting

Staff writerMarch 31, 2014 

Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged a Spanaway man with a Feb. 16 shooting near Frederickson that killed a 24-year-old man.

Joseph Kaplin Jr., 25, pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Kaplin is the fourth person charged in the shooting death of Robert Ward. Co-defendants Presley Diane Lind, 28; Christopher William Olsen, 32; and Nathan Stevenson, 26; have already pleaded not guilty.

Kaplin was arrested at his home Friday.

Charging papers give this account:

The four conspired at Kaplin’s house to lure Ward to a parking lot near 176th Street East and Canyon Road because they believed Ward had stolen a 2009 Toyota Corolla from Olsen.

Stevenson told detectives Ward agreed to the meeting because he was told a heroin deal would be going down.

When Ward arrived, Olsen parked a pickup truck behind the Corolla to block Ward in. Lind warned Ward’s two passengers they might want to get out of the car.

Ward drove off with Olsen, who is believed to be the shooter, speeding after him.

Kaplin told investigators he and Stevenson saw the aftermath of the shooting.

“In exchange for Kaplin’s assistance in the repossession, Kaplin believed he was going to receive payment in the form of drugs,” according to court records.

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