Sirens & Gavels

'My side of the story is self-defense'

A Spokane man accused of shooting two men to death over a car trade says the slayings were in self-defense.

Merle W. Harvey, 27, shot Jack T. Lamere, 41, and Jacob J. Potter, 45, after “three guys surrounded my truck with guns,” Harvey told a local TV station this week.

“My side of the story is self-defense,” Harvey (left) said in the videotaped interview with KREM-TV. “It could have been me and my girlfriend dead.”

Authorities, however, dismiss his claims.

Investigators allege the shooting deaths were planned, and a Spokane County District Court judge ordered Harvey held on $1 million bond for two first-degree murder charges after he and Diane L. Richardson were arrested Oct. 10 in Kennewick, two weeks after the Sept. 26 killings.

Richardson, 34, (right) is being held on $250,000 bail for one count of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

Police say the couple stole a Jeep in North Idaho before crashing it into a canal after shoplifting from a convenience store, according to newly filed court documents.

Read the rest of my story here.

Read past coverage here, here and here.




You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Sirens & Gavels

Public safety news from the Inland Northwest and beyond.






Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801