They had first approached him to be the second guitarist when they were considering turning the band into a five-piece, "possibly more like the Strokes, with a keyboard".
Bassist Dell Neal later left the band due to personal reasons. joined The Killers shortly before Neal's departure.
Vannucci was well-known on the Las Vegas music scene, having played in numerous bands since a young age.
The arrested man 'had stated his intent not to stop with two victims but to continue as long as he could until he was stopped by law enforcement,' County Prosecutor Deb Kelly told Judge George Wood, according to the Peninsula Daily News.
A convicted felon, Drum is known to police in Sequim and Port Angeles as well as Clallam County deputies, Sheriff Bill Benedict said.
Chambliss and Cherry died in prison, but Blanton remains incarcerated at St.
Clair Correctional Facility, located about 35 miles northeast of Birmingham, where he is serving a life term after being convicted of four counts of murder.
Several years before Blanton's trial, Cherry told investigators that Blanton was crazy, a 'little thief' and a 'lowlife' who wasn't welcome in the Cherry household, according to FBI investigative files obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act.
The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001 by members Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals).
In November 2001, they headed to Kill The Messenger Studio in Henderson, Nevada along with recently recruited drummer Matt Norcross to begin recording a demo; they recorded two tracks: "Mr.
Brightside", which was the first song Flowers and Keuning wrote together, and "Desperate".
It was while he was drumming for other bands including Daphne Major and Romance Fantasy in 2002 that he had met The Killers.