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Otto Zehm

Otto Zehm, a Spokane man with schizophrenia who worked as a janitor, died after a confrontation with police at a North Side Zip Trip store in March 2006.




  • Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 9:45 a.m.

    What will happen to Karl Thompson?

    Federal prosecutors are expected to ask U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle to immediately detain Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. if the jury convicts him of using …

  • Mon., Oct. 31, 2011, 6:01 p.m.

    Honorable man or SPD whitewash?

    Before closing arguments today in the excessive force trial of Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson, lawyers debated the addition of two crucial jury instructions: one regarding Otto Zehm’s right to …

  • Mon., Oct. 31, 2011, 11:10 a.m.

    Zehm: No video allowed in jury room

    Jurors are hearing instructions before closing arguments begin. Get minute-by-minute updates from the courtroom here. When jurors began deliberations in the excessive force trial of Officer Karl Thompson, they won’t …

  • Sun., Oct. 30, 2011, 3:35 p.m.

    Zehm closing arguments set for Monday

    The case against Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. should be in the jury’s hands by Monday afternoon, which would have been Otto Zehm’s 42nd birthday. Thompson, the first …

  • Fri., Oct. 28, 2011, 8:35 a.m.

    Karl Thompson’s testimony resumes today

    Karl Thompson is back on the stand right now as prosecutors finish cross examination. Get minute-by-minute updates here. Thompson’s testimony began Thursday: YAKIMA – After more than five years of …