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Feds join Spokane shooting probe

A man charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with a shot targeting three black youths was ordered held in jail Tuesday as federal authorities also indicated that they would investigate the shooting as a possible hate crime.

Jimmy J. Blackburn, 29, pleaded not guilty before Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza, who ordered Blackburn to remain in custody on a $500,000 bond. Cozza set Blackburn’s trial on the three attempted murder charges for Nov. 19.

Blackburn was arrested Sept. 13 as Spokane police officers converged at the Days Inn, at 120 W. Third Ave., to investigate the shooting of Paul A. Haney, 33, who was found dead in the parking lot.

According to court records, investigators believe Kevin M. Heaton, 35, is responsible for that shooting and remains on the loose. Heaton had paid for the room in which Blackburn was found at the Days Inn, but the court records don’t indicate whether Blackburn had any involvement in the Haney shooting.

Ex con sought for questioning in downtown homicide

Kevin Heaton

Police are still searching for 35-year-old Kevin Heaton, the man identifed as a “person of interest” in last week's homicide outside a downtown Spokane motel.

Heaton should be considered “armed and dangerous,” according to Spokane police, and has an extensive criminal history that includes potential links to a drug trafficking ring targeted by authorities earlier this year.

He's wanted for questioning in the death of Paul A. Haney, 33, of Yakima, who was gunned down Thursday in the parking lot of the Days Inn motel at 120 W. Third Ave. Methamphetamine and firearms were recovered from three rooms searched by detectives at the motel, police said.

Read more about the case by clicking here for the initial coverage and here for the follow up.

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