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Page A-6 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 By NATALIEJOHNSON agreement with the Mason County natalie@masoncoun com Prosecutor's Office. Longshore and his attorneys, Brett The prosecution continued its casePurtzer and Lance Hester of Tacoma, last week in the aggravated double- maintain that Raphael shot Taber and homicide trial of Charles S. Longshore. Drake in an identical manner. The de- Testimony came from a second man fense was scheduled to begin its cross- charged in the 2012 shooting, examination of Raphael on Wednesday Longshore, 24, is on trial for two morning, the Journal's deadline. counts of aggravated murder in theLongshore has pleaded not guilty. May 28, 2012, shooting deaths of Ani- Charged with two counts of first-de- trea Taber, 37, and Tyler Drake, 19, at a gree murder in the same 2012 shooting, home at 213 W. Harvard Ave. inShelton. Raphael was allowed to plead guilty "He took a little step back, pointed to second-degree murder, first-degree it at her and shot her. He swiveled and manslaughter and first-degree extor- shot (Drake) in the back," Robert Ra- tion, along with a total prison sentence phael said Tuesday afLernoon in Mason of 24 years, in exchange for testify- County Superior Court. "(Longshore) ing against Longshore. said 'No witnesses.'" Raphael has been in custody at the Raphael testified as part of a plea Mason County Jail since he was arrest- 10-31 to 11-O2, lOam - 5pm daily 240 SE Channel Pt. Rd., SIIELTON Huge lot of shop tools, including wood lathe, radial arm and compound saws jig saws, joiners and shaping tools etc.; also, 60 gal. air compressor, Honda generators, chipper, John Deere model 855 tractor with post hole digger and many more. 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Raphael testified that he of Len sold meth. He testified that he gave Longshore a gun, later identified to be the weapon that killed Taber and Drake, with the intention that Longshore would sell the gun for him in exchange for drugs. Raphael also testified that he and Longshore discussed that Taber owed Raphael money. He said Longshore told him he would help collect the money in exchange for collecting half the debt. Raphael testi- fied he told Longshore he wouldn't pay that rate. Raphael said that he saw Taber shortly before the shooting and con- fronted her about the debt. Raphael said he told her she needed to make it a priority. He described that to Dorcy as an "empty threat," adding he did not in- tend to kill her or have her killed. Raphael went on to say that he went to Taber's residence again at about I a.m. on May 28 to discuss the money again. The residence was situated just behind his own home. He told the jury Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Charles S. Longshore greets his attorneys Tuesday morning in Mason County Superior Court. Longshore's aggravated murder trial in a 2012 double homicide entered its second week of testimony Tuesday. that Longshore came into the house be- hind him and started yelling at Taber to repay the debt, then hit her with the .38-caliber handgun. Raphael testified that the gun went off once and then said Longshore fired two more shots, hitting Taber in the head and Drake, who was sitting next to her at a table, in the back. Raphael said he ran back to his house and called the police, saying he didn't believe he would be implicated in the crime. He was arrested later that day at his house with the help of a SWAT team. III Tuesday's testimony began with Shelton Police Detective Calvin Moran briefly taking the stand. 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