Crime

Suspected shooter in Fife double homicide held on $2 million bail

Brett Dollens is led into Pierce County Superior Court for his arraignment Monday.
Brett Dollens is led into Pierce County Superior Court for his arraignment Monday. Staff writer

Investigators said they believe a Fife couple shot to death last week died amid an ongoing argument over drugs.

Daniel Miller, 23, and his girlfriend Charissa Dobbins, 22, were found dead Thursday in a house they were squatting at in the 1000 block of 66th Avenue East.

Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged Brett Dollens, 22, with two counts of first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Miller was a drug dealer who accused Dollens of stealing Percocet pills from him, according to charging papers.

A man told sheriff’s detectives that Dollens asked him to be the getaway driver and that he planned to rob Miller amid the dispute, records show.

“Dollens said he was planning on going to Miller’s residence with a weapon and use it if he had to,” charging papers show.

One of the victims’ friends went to see them about 5:45 p.m. Thursday and became worried when no one answered the door. The friend climbed in a window, found the bodies and called 911.

Dobbins was discovered on the couch; Miller by the fireplace. Both had been shot in the head.

The investigation quickly pointed to Dollens, who witnesses said had been feuding for days with Miller.

Within eight hours of the shooting, he posted on Facebook that he changed his phone number.

Dollens was arrested while driving nearby.

He told investigators he went to the victims’ home to apologize and Miller pulled a gun on him. Dollens claimed he wrestled with Miller and the gun went off three to four times, killing Miller.

Dollens said he didn’t realize Dobbens was shot until he fled.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said Dobbens and Miller were shot at close range and said there were no signs of a struggle.

The couple got engaged earlier this year, friends said.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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