One of the suspects in the June shooting deaths of five people in White Swan was arraigned on a federal carjacking charge Wednesday.
Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud, 32, appeared in U.S. District Court, where he was also arraigned on charges of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Cloud and James Dean Cloud, 35, have been tied to the June 8 shooting deaths of Dennis Overacker, 61, Michelle Starnes, 51, Thomas Hernandez, 36, Catherine Eneas, 49, and John Cagle, 59, in the 5100 block of Medicine Valley Road.
Authorities also arrested two other people, Morris Bruce Jackson and Natasha Mae Jackson, in connection with the killings. Morris Jackson has been charged in federal court with illegally possessing a firearm due to his prior felony conviction, while no charges have been filed against Natasha Jackson.
Prosecutors allege that the Clouds and Jacksons left the scene of the killings together in a car, and parted ways after it broke down. A witness told investigators that Morris Jackson threw a .22-caliber rifle into an irrigation canal after the car broke down, according to court documents.
The Clouds went to a nearby property where, a federal complaint states, Donovan Cloud held a child at gunpoint while demanding keys from the family. The child escaped when the family handed over the keys, the document said.
Cloud appeared in court wearing leg chains, a move Magistrate Judge Mary Dimke said was a necessary precaution due to Cloud’s prior criminal history, which includes first-degree assault, robbery and eluding police. Also, Dimke noted that the hearing was being held in the William O. Douglas Courthouse’s first-floor courtroom, which was about 50 feet from the front door, and there was a crowd of people in the hallway waiting for a naturalization ceremony.
Dimke also pointed out that there were four U.S. deputy marshals providing security for the hearing — double the usual number. Otherwise, Dimke said she would have authorized full restraints, including a waist chain and handcuffs.