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.
Fri., July 27, 2012
Thompson jury query to be opened
The secretive query of jurors who convicted former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will be made public after a federal judge decided Thursday to unseal court records. U.S. …
Thu., July 26, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Judge unseals Zehm records from secret hearings
A federal judge today opened the court files that he sealed regarding secret hearings held in Yakima to query jurors who convicted former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. …
Tue., July 10, 2012
Feds oppose delays to Thompson’s prison term
Federal prosecutors appear to be growing frustrated with the ongoing delays that have kept convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. out of prison. Eight months have passed since …
Sun., July 8, 2012
Park Board to consider Zehm memorial for Mission Park
The Spokane Park Board will consider a memorial for Otto Zehm on Monday, as was called for in a settlement between the city and Zehm’s estate. Mayor David Condon has …
Sat., June 23, 2012
Jury that convicted Thompson queried
The same week Spokane city officials and the family of Otto Zehm celebrated the settlement of a civil suit stemming from his death, a federal judge held a rare private …
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 …
Otto Zehm case / City letter to Center for Justice
Otto Zehm case / Review by Officer Robert Boothe
Otto Zehm case / Officer Karl Thompson’s statement
Otto Zehm case / report by Officer Erin Raleigh
Otto Zehm case / police interview with Officer Steve Braun