☛ TS Alleged murder plot against a prominent local family thwarted
It was a late November night when Robert Primeau allegedly sat his two children down to take a blood oath, according to court transcripts.
”We made a blood oath to kill the Barnums,” Primeau's daughter, Collette Primeau, 23, testified at her father's preliminary hearing. “We all cut on our thumb and the three of us swore together to keep it between the three of us because if we didn't, we'd be dead.”
”When you said, 'we'd be dead,' who specifically?” Deputy District Attorney Allan Dollison asked.
”My brother and I,” Collette Primeau replied.
”Who said you'd be dead?” Dollison asked.
”My father,” Collette Primeau answered.
After the preliminary hearing, Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Bruce Watson ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold Robert Primeau to stand trial on eight charges, including two counts of soliciting murder, a count of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and a charge of cruelty to another's animal.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges in April, and remains held in the Humboldt County jail on $100,000 bail awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 2.
Transcripts from the two-day preliminary hearing paint the picture of how a Eureka Police Department investigation into grisly allegations of Robert Primeau's spousal abuse uncovered allegations of a plot to kill an affluent and well-known Eureka couple, Robert and Patty Barnum, who own the Barnum Timber Co. and whose family owned the Eureka Inn for a time.
It's quite a story. Wait til you read the plan!
The case is being prosecuted by Allan Dollison, who is headed for Iraq ☛ ER Deputy district attorney to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people
Dollison has reached the position of major in the Army Reserve and works as a civil affairs officer. Dollison said his job is to “win the hearts and minds of the people.” More specifically, he identifies a need -- a school, clean water, roads -- and figures out ways to meet those needs.
In Afghanistan he obtained a light-therapy machine to help babies with jaundice in the hospital.... Best of luck to you, counselor.