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Originally published Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Soldier arrested, bail set in fatal double shooting

A fort Lewis soldier has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of a fellow soldier and a woman Monday in Pierce County in...

Seattle Times staff reporter

A Fort Lewis soldier has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of a fellow soldier and a woman Monday in Pierce County in what police say may have been a botched robbery attempt.

Lakewood police detectives received an anonymous tip Tuesday afternoon that led them to people who had additional information about the fatal double shooting outside the Schooner tavern.

Detectives were then able to identify a suspect, said police Lt. Bret Farrar. The man was later arrested at Fort Lewis and was booked into the Pierce County Jail just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on investigation of two counts of first-degree murder, Farrar said.

Bail was set at $2 million.

"It appears it may have been a robbery that went bad," he said of the shooting that occurred just after midnight, in the 5400 block of 100th Street Southwest. He added there is no evidence the man knew the victims.

Jason S. Jowers, a 26-year-old soldier, and Crystal B. Hurley-McDowell, 23, of Lacey, Thurston County, were shot multiple times as they sat inside a car outside the tavern.

Erin Benson, a Fort Lewis spokeswoman, said Jowers did not go to Iraq with the first Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis, as was previously reported. Jowers, originally from Columbus, Ga., joined the Army last September and arrived at Fort Lewis in January, she said.

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. Jowers' unit previously served a year in Iraq before returning to Fort Lewis in October.

Benson declined to release any information on the man suspected of killing Jowers and Hurley-McDowell because no charges have been filed. She also would not say whether the military plans to take over jurisdiction of the case.

Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or sgreen@seattletimes.com

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