Convicted murderer back for a new trial
Clifford M. Meyers is back in the Spokane County Jail after the Washington Court of Appeals ordered a new trial on a charge of first-degree murder.
Meyers, 45, is being held on $1 million bond until his new trial, which is tentatively scheduled for August.
He was sentenced to more than 50 years in prison for the 2005 “execution style” killing of 22-year-old Elijah Bishop as he was in a truck in the Shadle Wal-Mart parking lot. Witnesses said Meyers shot Bishop in the head at close range.
The Court of Appeals ruled in March that the questioning of individual jurors in the jury room, not in open court, violated Meyers’ right to a public trial.