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2nd man arrested in porn shop robbery

A fingerprint found on merchandise at a Spokane porn store helped police identify a second suspect in a gunpoint robbery earlier this month.

Clinton James Smith, 50, (right) was arrested Wednesday on first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping charges. He's accused with James A. Turnipseed, 32, of robbing the Hollywood Erotic Boutique, 3813 N. Division St., and tying up the clerk on Nov. 8.

Turnipseed (left) was arrested a couple blocks away while riding a bike shortly after the robbery and remains in jail on $75,000 bond. Police say he had two bags containing erotic material stolen from the store.

A fingerprint found on merchandise packaging at the store matched Smith's, and police found a hat with the name “Smith” embroidered on it in a backpack that was left at the store when the robbers fled, according to court documents prepared by Spokane police major crimes Detective Chet Gilmore.

Smith denied participating in the robbery and told police he'd only been in the store twice and never handled the merchandise.

An acquaintance of Turnipseed and Smith told police Turnipseed called him from jail the night he was arrested and said he'd been caught because of Smith and Smith “needed to come down and do something about it,” documents say.

Smith told the man he was sitting at the park near the porn shop when Turnipseed ran up, grabbed the bike and said “I gotta go.” A confidential source told police Smith had talked about planning to rob the store three weeks before the hold up.

Smith already has two felony cases pending in Spokane County - a WalMart theft case from February and a stolen car case from December 2010.

New suspect in ‘07 murder arraigned

From a visitation room at the Spokane County Jail, Jeramie R. Davis talks last week about the recent break in his case. (SR/Colin Mulvany)

A Spokane man recently arrested for a 2007 slaying that authorities previously considered solved pleaded innocent Thursday to murder charges.

 The homicide case against Julio J. Davila comes as Jeramie R. Davis, an admitted thief convicted on largely circumstantial evidence in the beating death, remains jailed awaiting the outcome of an investigation that police have said could exonerate him of the murder.

DNA found on the baseball bat used to kill Sprague Avenue adult bookstore owner John Gordon Allen Jr., 74, in 2007 was recently identified as Davila’s, creating a legal conundrum in which authorities say it’s possible the wrong man was given a 45-year prison term for a murder he didn’t commit.

But because a Spokane County Superior Court jury convicted Davis – despite his insistence that he did not kill Allen – and a state appeals court upheld the verdict, authorities are trying to figure out how to proceed.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

July 28: Convicted killer hopes for freedom

July 26: DNA reveals new suspect in 2007 slaying

Jail inmate: Lack of porn violates rights

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan jail inmate says he's being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can't have pornography.

In a handwritten lawsuit, 21-year-old Kyle Richards claims his civil rights are being violated at the Macomb County Jail. Richards says denying his request for erotic material subjects him to a “poor standard of living” and “sexual and sensory deprivation.”

The Michigan Department of Corrections tells The Detroit News that prisons allow some pornographic material, though it's banned at the jail. The American Civil Liberties Union says prisons have a lot of leeway.

Richards was charged with bank robbery after police followed a trail of snowy footprints and dropped money to his apartment from a bank robbery scene in January in Fraser, north of Detroit.

Richards pleaded guilty. Sentencing is Aug. 2.

Sex offender, WSU library patron jailed

A sex offender suspected of using college library computers to look at pornography is in jail for failing to register in Spokane County.

James Robert Sorrell, 66, alias Douglas Doolittle, was convicted in Ada County, Idaho, in 1987 of lewd conduct of a minor and infamous crime against nature. He was released in 1997, then convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Oregon in 2008.

The U.S. Marshals Service began looking for him earlier this year after learning he may be in Washington. He was arrested Friday after security at Washington State University's Riverpoint campus told federal investigators that Sorrell was looking at pornography on the library's computers, including a visit on Thursday.

Sorrell was arrested near the House of Charity, where investigators believe he sometimes stayed. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Marshal William Downey said he regularly saw Sorrell near Main Street and Lincoln Street in downtown Spokane.

“He actually would walk right by the courthouse here on his way to the library,” Downey said.

Sorrell is pictured above last April on the Gonzaga University campus. He told the photographer he was taking a research break.

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