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Trial this week in parking lot shooting

Jury selection began today in the trial of a teenager accused of shooting at two men in a motel parking lot late last year.

Anthony R. Covert, 19, was arrested in November, accused of shooting Shane L. Hagedorn in a dispute police say centered on a girl.

Police say Covert first acted like a victim when they found him under the Sunset Bridge after 10 rounds were fired in the West Wynn Motel parking lot on Sunset Boulevard. Police followed a blood trail to a hotel room, where they found Hagedorn.

Hagedorn had a knife but told police he didn’t used it.

“Hagedorn stated he is from the old school and settles disputes with his fist,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Witnesses say Hagedorn and Joseph L. Castagna had confronted Covert and Ricky E. Grubbs after Grubbs called Daja M. Varnell at the hotel, according to Covert’s arrest papers. Varnell told police Grubbs had been harassing her, and that Hagedorn argued with Grubbs on the phone before agreeing to fight in the parking lot, according to the arrest papers.

Covert told police he brought a stolen .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun and fired it at the two after he saw Hagedorn take his coat off and “reach behind his back as if he had something,” according to court documents. “(Covert) stated that he did not realize the victim had been shot because the victim was able to run away.”

Covert is charged with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, possession of a stolen firearm, and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Look for coverage of opening arguments this week. Read a previous story here.

Dale Nagy is prosecuting the case; Public Defender Al Rossi represents Covert. Judge Tari Eitzen is presiding over the trial.

Courthouse watch: 8.25.09

Shawn Dale Botner’s adult life has been one of continual clashes with law enforcement.

The convicted sex offender, who twice attacked victims in women’s bathrooms, now awaits a jury’s decision on whether he ever will be a free man.

The jury went home Tuesday without deciding if Botner, 36, should be committed as a sexually violent predator and remain in a secure facility for life.

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse’s story here.

Read his coverage of opening statements here.

Juror’s omission gets West new trial

A judge has overturned a conviction that would have put a registered sex offender in prison for life.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price on Thursday ordered a new trial after a juror acknowledged she knew the defendant, Pierre D. West, prior to his May trial but claimed otherwise during jury selection.

Read Thomas Clouse’s story here.

Read past coverage of the case here.

Second mistrial declared in rape case

A mistrial was declared in the trial of a young man accused of raping a woman at a party on Halloween 2007.

Kevin A. Thompson is charged with second-degree rape for the alleged attack at a home in the Whitworth University area.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese declared the mistrial on June 23 after the jury submitted a question, according to court records.

Thompson’s first trial last November ended in a hung jury. The jury was made up of seven women and five men, with one man acting as an alternate juror.

A new trial is set for Aug. 17.

Thompson is represented by Scott Staab. Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Edward Hay is prosecuting the case, according to court records.

Read past coverage of the case here and here.

Courthouse watch: 7.21.09

A college student accused of raping another student is on trial this week in Spokane County Superior Court.

Opening statements were today in the case of Kevin A. Thompson, who’s charged with second-degree rape for an alleged attack at a home in the Whitworth University area in fall 2007.

Thompson’s trial is expected to last at least four days.

Judge Annette Plese is presiding. His first trial last November ended in a hung jury.

The jury is made up of seven women and five men, with one man acting as an alternate juror. Thompson posted a $150,000 bond in June 2008.

He’s represented by Scott Staab. Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Edward Hay is prosecuting the case, according to court records.

Read past coverage of the case here and here

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