Posts tagged: Jonathan Ellington
A jury today convicted a North Idaho man of second-degree murder for fatally running over a woman during a 2006 road rage incident with her husband and two daughters. Jonathan Wade Ellington, 51, has already served six years in prison for the Jan. 1, 2006, incident but was released last year after the Idaho Supreme Court overturned his convictions because of problems with his first trial. Judge John Luster today allowed him to stay out of jail until his new sentencing, which is scheduled for March 26. Ellington’s lawyer, John Adams, called the verdict the most unfair he’s seen in 30 years of jury trials/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here. (Meghann Cuniff SR photo)
Question: Are you surprised by the verdict?
Dressed as wrestler, Tom Flanigan, 38, of Spokane, show a little muscle as he poses for a picture with movie and TV actor, Matthew Modine, 52, during a flash mob gathering today at the north end of Riverfront Park in Spokane, Wash. Dozens gathered in the park to participate in a “run the bridges just like Louden Swain.” Modine played high school wrestler, Swain, in the 1985 movie filmed in Spokane titled “Vision Quest”. Flanigan says he is a cult follower of the movie and has seen it 50 times. A small group, excluding Modine, completed the run across 3 Riverfront Park bridges. The actor is in Spokane to participate in the Spokane International Film Festival. SR story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)
4:57 p.m. Meghann Cuniff tweet: “The jury in the Jonathan Ellington road rage murder trial in Kootenai County has gone home for the weekend. Will return Monday at 9.”
Trial is scheduled to begin this week for a North Idaho man imprisoned for four years on a murder conviction that was overturned because the Idaho Supreme Court ruled a state trooper lied on the witness stand. Jonathan Wade Ellington (pictured) has been free since early November on a $50,000 property-backed bond after returning to Kootenai County from a prison near Boise. Ninety-four Kootenai County residents are to report to the courthouse this morning for jury selection. Opening statements could occur as early as Thursday morning. But first, Judge John Luster will decide whether to dismiss the case against Ellington because of a last-minute evidence issue defense lawyers say infringes on his right to a fair trial/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR. More here.
Question: How do you think this second trial will play out?
JEERS … to Idaho State Police Cpl. Fred Rice. You can no longer rely on a cop to tell the truth when his testimony condemns someone to 25 years in prison. Rice walked into a 2006 trial of Jonathan Wade Ellington (pictured at 2006 trial) of Hayden. Then he lied. Ellington was charged with second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery for running over a woman in what was allegedly a road rage incident. Ellington's expert witness, Dr. William Skelton, said the defendant didn't have time to respond. Reaction time averages 1.5 seconds, he said. He also said wreckage from the accident indicated Ellington had been in the proper lane. Rice disputed the idea of an average reaction time and the reliability of the debris field. Like most people, the jury believed the police officer. More here/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. (SR file photo)
Question: Do you think the overwhelming number of cops tell the truth?
On Friday, news broke that the Idaho Supreme Court had thrown out a second-degree murder conviction of a North Idaho man, citing prosecutorial misconduct and the likelihood that an Idaho State Police officer committed perjury during the 2006 trial. Moments ago, the ISP issued this statement about the Jonathan W. Ellington case: “The Idaho State Police is fully aware of the significant issues involved with this case. As is standard procedure, the ISP has started an Administrative Investigation into the issues identified by the Idaho Supreme Court. The ISP regards this as a serious matter and fully intends to complete a thorough investigation. The involved employee has been placed on administrative leave with pay, and since this investigation involves a current employee in a personnel matter, the ISP will not be able comment further.” You can read about the Supreme Court decision re: the New Year's Day 2006 road rage tragedy that ended in the death of a local woman here.