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FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016

TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016

Henrikson trial continues...for now

U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza ruled Tuesday that prosecutors should have turned over a series of texts between Spokane Police Detective Mark Burbridge and defense witness Robert Delao to James Henrikson's defense team. But Mendoza wants involved parties to testify before ruling on whether a mistrial or continuance is necessary.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016

THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2016

TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Henrikson trial could be 3 years out

If federal prosecutors seek the death penalty for the man accused of masterminding a plot to murder a South Hill businessman and one of his former oil patch employees, the trial likely wouldn't begin until the tail end of 2017. A report filed in support...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011

Ex-CdA developer guilty in murder plot

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal jury has unanimously convicted a former Coeur d'Alene-area developer of crafting a murder-for-hire scheme to kill a prosecutor and key witnesses in a North Idaho drug case. Kelly J. Polatis was found guilty Wednesday of 14 combined counts...

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Jury deliberating in Idaho murder plot

A federal jury in Salt Lake City on Wednesday continued to deliberate the fate of a former North Idaho developer accused of plotting to kill several witnesses and a federal prosecutor connected to a drug case filed against him in Idaho. Jurors began their second...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

Man claims role in Tupac's murder

NEW YORK (AP) — A hip-hop mogul wanted by federal authorities on drug charges did not orchestrate a plot to ambush rapper Tupac Shakur outside a recording studio in the mid-1990s, his lawyer said Thursday. The accusations against James Rosemond, owner of Czar Entertainment, were...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

Woman with trail of dead husbands dies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An elderly grandmother who left a trail of five dead husbands in five states over decades has died, leaving a longer trail of questions for survivors of her spouses that might never be answered. Betty Neumar, 79, died late Sunday or...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011

Steele's lawyers hint at defense plan 

Two private defense attorneys representing accused North Idaho lawyer Edgar Steele said in documents filed this week that they intend to "introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect." That disease or defect has "bearing on (Steele's) guilt or his lack of a...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

Dr. Michael Mockovak, co-founder of Clearly Lasik eye surgery centers, is escorted out of King County Court on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 in Seattle. Mockovak was found guilty of four counts, including attempted murder. The King County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than two days. Prosecutors said Mockovak was willing to pay more than $100,000 to have business partner Dr. Joseph King and former company President Brad Klock killed, and that he solicited an employee to hire an assassin.  (Erika Schultz / (AP Photo/The Seattle Times/Erika Schultz))

Eye surgeon convicted in murder plot

SEATTLE (AP) — The co-founder of a Northwest chain of eye-surgery centers has been convicted of plotting to kill his business partner. Dr. Michael Mockovak of Clearly Lasik eye centers was found guilty Thursday of four counts, including attempted murder. The King County Superior Court...

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