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Spokane attorney charged with forging judge’s signatures

A Spokane attorney pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six felony charges relating signatures on court orders from Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno, who later told police investigators were forged.


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Dwayne Thurman sentenced to five years in prison for killing wife

A judge sentenced Dwayne Thurman to five years in prison Thursday morning in the shooting death of his wife, Brenda Thurman, while he was cleaning her gun at home.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Jury deliberating manslaughter case against Dwayne Thurman

Dwayne Thurman cried and took gasps of breath through his open mouth Monday as he struggled to tell a jury how he shot his wife in the heart as he …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Manslaughter trial begins for Dwayne Thurman in wife’s shooting

The trial of Dwayne Thurman begins this week as Spokane jurors will decide whether he was criminally negligent when he shot his wife in the heart while attempting to clean …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Criminal charge dismissed in case involving forged judge’s signature

A felony forgery charge has been dismissed against the former spokesman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in a case in which someone forged the signature of Spokane County Superior Court …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Dwayne Thurman manslaughter trial likely delayed until March

The first-degree manslaughter trial against former Lincoln County reserve deputy Dwayne Thurman is expected to be moved Friday from February 12 to March 26.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 11:54 p.m.

Children of slain Brenda Thurman settle wrongful death suit against Dwayne Thurman

The children of Brenda Thurman have agreed to settle the wrongful death suit they filed against their adoptive father, Dwayne Thurman, who shot and killed his wife last year in …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Former advertising executive pleads not guilty to causing fatal Lake Coeur d’Alene boat crash

Spokane advertising executive Dennis Magner pleaded not guilty Friday after an Idaho grand jury filed charges against him for the deaths of three people killed in a boat collision last …


Brenda Thurman’s quest to fix marriage ended in her death

After hearing the shot, Brenda Thurman’s daughter ran into her kitchen on Jan. 18, 2016, to find her adoptive father standing over her mother. “What did you do?” Dwayne Thurman, …


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Murray critical of VA for keeping Dwayne Thurman on job after manslaughter charge

Two of Spokane’s congressional leaders said Tuesday that they are critical of the decision by the Veterans Administration to continue to keep Dwayne Thurman on the payroll despite his being …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

Dwayne Thurman to remain free pending manslaughter trial for shooting wife

Former Lincoln County reserve deputy Dwayne Thurman spent minutes in the Spokane County Courthouse Wednesday before a judge released him pending a trial this fall for first-degree manslaughter after he …


U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear ex-police officer’s appeal of Zehm case conviction

Former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr.’s legal battle to overturn his conviction in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s …


Doug Clark: Thompson verdict is the gift that keeps on taking

Think of the post-conviction phase of Karl Thompson as a big, colorful piñata that his Scheme Team defenders get to whack and whack at until it finally bursts open and …


Karl Thompson’s conviction upheld in Otto Zehm death

A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the conviction of former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson. The three judges denied claims by Thompson’s attorneys that courtroom errors following the …


Karl Thompson appeal argued in court

Attorneys for imprisoned former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson argued Monday that prosecutors did not turn over important evidence before trial. Defense attorney Carl Oreskovich told the 9th U.S. Circuit …


Thompson won’t pay for Zehm restitution

A federal judge rejected demands that former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr. pay $825,000 in restitution to taxpayers and the family of Otto Zehm. Thompson is imprisoned in Safford, …


Supreme Court upholds new Strine trial

The Washington Supreme Court ruled today that a Spokane County judge was correct in ordering a new trial for Spokane stock broker who was charged with vehicular homicide for the …


Thompson restitution challenged

Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued Friday that Thompson shouldn’t have to pay restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive force against Otto Zehm. …


Thompson argues against Zehm restitution

Former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued today that a judge should not force Thompson to pay any restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive …


Attorneys: Judge frees spa owners’ assets

Defense attorneys believe they won an important victory Thursday against a major investigation into eight suspected Spokane-area brothels that several months later has yet to produce a single criminal charge. …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 10, 2013, 5:41 p.m.

Judge returns property in brothel investigation

A judge today ordered the return of thousands of dollars in cash, property and other items to two people arrested last summer after a raid of eight suspected brothels in …


Doug Clark: Professor Pilgrim is back for another round

Drop your forks, folks, and make ready for the sixth annual serving of Ask Professor Pilgrim. Since 2006, this forum has been devoted to answering Thanksgiving questions that an Iron …


Clark: Justice finally served in Thompson case

It’s a good day, Spokane. There’s no snow in the potholes, the river’s still running and Karl Thompson Jr. is already ensconced in a federal lockup on the other side …


Thompson gets 51 months in prison

After being handed a sentence Thursday of more than four years in federal prison – the culmination of six years of investigations, legal action and community soul-searching – former Spokane …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

Thompson sentenced to 4 years in prison

A federal judge today sentenced former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 4 years and 3 months in prison.


Follow Karl Thompson’s sentencing on Twitter

Check here for Twitter updates on the sentencing of Karl F. Thompson Jr., the Spokane police officer who was convicted last year of lying to investigators and using excessive force …


Thompson sentencing in Otto Zehm case set for Thursday

After living free for a year as attorneys argued for a new trial, former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will learn his punishment for using excessive force and …


Thompson divorce under feds’ scrutiny

The divorce that enabled former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to charge taxpayers more than half a million dollars for his legal defense against excessive force charges is …


Bar owner pleads guilty to fatal crash

Wiping tears and looking away as his victim’s family spoke, a Spokane Valley bar owner pleaded guilty today to vehicular homicide after he drove drunk and fatally struck a bicyclist …


Zehm detective feared reaction to video

Previously sealed records show that the lead Spokane Police detective investigating an officer’s confrontation with Otto Zehm believed the convenience store security video of the incident would be “inflammatory” if …