Stories tagged: Brendon Kaluza-Graham
Sun., April 20, 2014
Gerlach’s acquittal reflects society’s shifting attitudes
The seeds were sown for Gail Gerlach’s manslaughter acquittal in part by a Spokane murder conviction overturned more than 30 years ago. In August 1972, Yvonne Wanrow shot and killed …
Fri., April 11, 2014
Gerlach acquitted in shooting death of fleeing vehicle thief
A Spokane jury affirmed the rights of gun owners to protect themselves on Thursday, acquitting Gail Gerlach of killing a man who was speeding away in Gerlach’s stolen SUV. Tears …
Thu., April 10, 2014
Gerlach tells jurors he feared for his life
A year after fatally shooting Brendon Kaluza-Graham, who was speeding away in his SUV, Gail Gerlach told jurors the only thing he did wrong that day was mistake keys for …
Wed., April 9, 2014, 12:21 p.m.
Gail Gerlach testifies, saying he feared for his life
Gail Gerlach testified Wednesday morning that he fired his gun at a fleeing car thief because he thought he would be killed by the man. Brendon Kaluza-Graham was not armed …
Wed., April 9, 2014
Gail Gerlach’s wife says she feared SUV thief had gun
Sharon Gerlach feared for her husband’s life in the moments before he fired on the couple’s fleeing SUV, killing driver Brendon Kaluza-Graham. “I thought he was holding a gun, pointing …
Tue., April 8, 2014
Police say Gerlach’s sightline was impeded
Police detectives testified Monday that it would have been nearly impossible for Gail Gerlach to see a threatening gesture made inside his stolen vehicle, wrapping up the prosecution’s case in …
Fri., April 4, 2014
Gerlach’s single bullet paralyzed, killed Kaluza-Graham quickly
The bullet fired by Gail Gerlach would have robbed Brendon Kaluza-Graham of his motor skills within “moments” and killed him almost as quickly, Spokane County Medical Examiner Sally Aiken said …
Thu., April 3, 2014, 5:17 p.m.
Medical examiner: Kaluza-Graham died within “moments” of being shot by Gerlach
Among those testifying in the Gail Gerlach manslaughter trial Thursday was Spokane County Medical Examiner Sally Aiken, who said Brendon Kaluza-Graham lost all motor function within moments of being shot …
Thu., April 3, 2014, 10:02 a.m.
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Thu., April 3, 2014
Jurors hear Gerlach’s 911 call
Moments after Gail Gerlach fatally shot Brendon Kaluza-Graham, he called 911 to report his SUV had been stolen. As the dispatcher took his information, a breathless Gerlach interrupted her: “Honey, …
Wed., April 2, 2014, 5:35 p.m.
Jurors hear 911 call on first day of Gerlach testimony
Moments after Gail Gerlach fatally shot Brendon Kaluza-Graham, he called 911 to report his truck had been stolen. As the dispatcher took his information, a breathless Gerlach interrupted her: “Honey, …
Wed., April 2, 2014
Testimony in Gerlach trial will start today
Eleven women and one man will decide if Gail Gerlach is guilty of manslaughter. After a day-and-a-half of questioning, attorneys for the prosecution and defense settled on 12 jurors and …
Tue., April 1, 2014
Attorneys closer to choosing jury in Gerlach’s manslaughter trial
The list of possible jurors in Gail Gerlach’s manslaughter trial shrank Monday as attorneys weeded out people with strong opinions in a widely publicized case that touches on self-defense and …
Sun., March 30, 2014
Gail Gerlach manslaughter trial begins this week
Gail Gerlach will go before a jury this week, facing up to a decade in prison on a manslaughter charge accusing him of shooting dead a man who had stolen …
Sat., Feb. 15, 2014
Judge throws out most of Gerlach’s statements to police in car thief shooting
Much of what Gail Gerlach told police after he shot and killed a fleeing car thief can’t be used against him at trial, a judge ruled Friday. Gerlach, 57, faces …
Fri., Feb. 14, 2014, 9:28 p.m.
Some Gerlach statements thrown out in car thief shooting trial
Much of what Gail Gerlach told police after he shot and killed a fleeing car thief can’t be used against him at trial, a judge ruled Friday.
Sat., Oct. 26, 2013
Gail Gerlach talks about car thief shooting
In a Spokane courtroom Friday, Gail Gerlach described the morning of March 25 as routine, other than his wife running behind getting ready for work. “Things were a bit hastened,” …
Fri., Sept. 27, 2013
Gail Gerlach says police violated his Miranda rights
The Spokane man who shot a car thief outside his home in March will take the witness stand next week to argue statements he made to police directly following the …
Thu., Sept. 12, 2013
Gail Gerlach wants court to pay for forensics experts
The Spokane plumber facing manslaughter charges for shooting a car thief wants the court to help pay for the forensics experts needed to help prepare his self-defense case. Gail Gerlach, …
Thu., June 13, 2013
Gerlach pleads not guilty to manslaughter
Gail Gerlach stood before a judge Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man who was stealing his SUV. Afterward, Gerlach, 56, appeared shell-shocked as …
Wed., June 12, 2013, 5:36 p.m.
Gerlach said not-guilty plea a “surreal” experience
Gail Gerlach stood before a judge today and pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man who was stealing his SUV.
Thu., May 30, 2013
Man who shot car thief could face prison time
Even Gail Gerlach wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision. Minutes after shooting fleeing car thief Brendon Kaluza-Graham, Gerlach told police officers he “was scared and that he …
Thu., May 30, 2013
Choices made leave two families forever altered
Life can change in a flash – a truth that two families are coping with in the aftermath of a shooting on March 25 in northeast Spokane. One man’s decision …
Fri., April 19, 2013
Gerlach shooting probe nearly complete
Nearly four weeks after northeast Spokane resident Gail Gerlach shot and killed a man who was stealing his Chevrolet Suburban, the investigation into a possible murder charge is not yet …
Sun., March 31, 2013
Clark: We’ve seen this shooting defense here before
I own a pistol for protection. Got a rifle, a couple of shotguns and plenty of ammo, too.
Sun., March 31, 2013
Legal questions surround shooting of car thief
Legal experts generally agree Washington state law prohibits opening fire on someone stealing your car. But as the investigation into last week’s fatal shooting of an auto thief in north …
Thu., March 28, 2013
Community divided on shooting of car thief
A poster intended to memorialize “a friend and son” has become a message board for a community divided about whether a Spokane homeowner was justified in killing an unarmed man …
Thu., March 28, 2013
Car thief unarmed when shot, police say
Police say Gail Gerlach, a 56-year-old plumber with no criminal record, shot and killed a car thief Monday morning. No weapons were found in Gerlach’s stolen Chevrolet Suburban or on …
Wed., March 27, 2013, 1:08 p.m.
Police ID man who shot car thief; no weapon found
The man who shot a car thief Monday is 56-year-old Gail Gerlach, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday.