Stories tagged: first-degree murder
Sat., Sept. 16, 2017
Freeman High School suspended, evaluated shooter after note was discovered
A parent and a school official confirmed for the first time Friday that the Freeman School District knew Caleb Sharpe had handed notes to students threatening to do something stupid, …
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 5 a.m.
Signs and warnings failed to prevent Freeman school shooting
Caleb Sharpe began months ago making videos with guns and bragged to several friends when he figured out the combination to his father’s gun safe.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 10:39 a.m.
Accused cop killer Jonathan Renfro pleads to lesser charges before murder trial begins
Just days before his death-penalty case was set to begin, Jonathan D. Renfro pleaded guilty to a couple lesser charges stemming from the night that a Coeur d’Alene Police officer …
Fri., June 24, 2016, 12:49 p.m.
Life sentence for man who shot ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend
A man convicted in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend has been sentenced to life in prison.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 26, 2015, 7:47 p.m.
Officers recount CdA police shooting, manhunt for suspect
Police officers testified Wednesday about the stressful and emotional moments after they found Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore sprawled on a street, bleeding and unresponsive, and how they tried …
Thu., June 4, 2015
Sex tapes seized from suspect in 1986 Spokane killing of prostitute
Spokane homicide investigators have seized a cache of sex tapes belonging to an ex-police officer accused in a 29-year-old cold-case killing near the now-demolished Playfair horse track. The suspect, Richard …
Tue., Nov. 19, 2013, 6:29 p.m.
Two men charged in shooting death of grouse hunter
Two men were arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder for the September shooting death of a grouse hunter in Okanogan County.
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
Post Falls man accused of killing girlfriend
Prosecutors charged a Post Falls man with killing his live-in girlfriend by slitting her throat and rolling up her body in a rug. Christopher W. Thompson, 44, is in jail …
Tue., Aug. 13, 2013, 8:44 p.m.
Accused murderer Schauman pleads not guilty
The man charged with the drive-by shooting death of a Spokane man two months ago pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was given a trial date of Oct. 7.
Fri., July 19, 2013, 7:41 a.m.
Murder charge in Lake Stevens drive-by shooting
EVERETT, Wash. — Charges of first-degree murder and drive-by shooting were filed Thursday in Everett against a man accused of killing a 15-year-old Seattle girl as she walked along a …
Wed., July 17, 2013
Businessman mourning death of grandchild, Molly Conley
A Spokane business stalwart is struggling to find answers after his 15-year-old granddaughter was gunned down in Western Washington last month as she walked with friends. More than 2,000 family …
Fri., June 28, 2013
Man faces charge in brother’s death
The man killed Sunday near Colville had raised his arms in the air and asked his brother if he was going to shoot, according to court documents released Thursday. The …
Thu., June 6, 2013
Man charged with murder of girlfriend
Regan Jolley and her accused murderer Jason Hart had barely been living together three weeks when a roommate had to break up a fight between them. The roommate said Hart …
Wed., June 5, 2013
Starbuck guilty of ex-wife’s murder
Each day during the two-week murder trial of her former son-in-law, Melanie Bourcier would position herself so that Clay Starbuck would see her scowl as corrections deputies led him past …
Tue., June 4, 2013
Starbuck case in jury’s hands
Accused murderer Clay Starbuck was a jealous, controlling, obsessed, greedy and angry man who finally took out his frustrations against the woman with whom he shared two marriages and several …
Sat., June 1, 2013
Man admits to grisly killing
A murderer pleaded guilty Friday for the machete-torture attack and killing of a Cheney man who was found in his burned car in 2011. Taylor J. Wolf, 22, pleaded guilty …
Fri., May 24, 2013
Starbuck denies killing ex-wife
Struggling at first to find his voice, murder suspect Clay Starbuck answered questions all afternoon Thursday and twice denied strangling his ex-wife to death in her Deer Park home. Starbuck, …
Thu., May 23, 2013, 12:01 p.m.
Accused killer Starbuck takes the stand
Clay Starbuck is expected this afternoon to take the witness stand to refute allegations that he strangled his wife to death in 2011 in her Deer Park home.
Fri., May 17, 2013
Examiner describes injuries in Clay Starbuck case
The jury spent half the day Thursday hearing testimony and looking through autopsy photos from a prolonged attack that killed Chanin Starbuck. The key testimony came from Spokane County Medical …
Tue., May 14, 2013
Detective relates exchange with Clay Starbuck
Often smiling as he interacted with his attorneys, Clay D. Starbuck did not appear worried at the beginning of the trial that could put him in prison for the rest …
Sun., May 12, 2013
Sons criticize investigation of mother’s homicide
The lives of a Deer Park family are about to be thrust salaciously into the public spotlight. Clay D. Starbuck, a former pipeline worker with no criminal record, is fighting …
Fri., April 12, 2013
Unrelenting effort wins man his freedom
A man who spent nearly six years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit had one request Thursday after a judge set him free: a double cheeseburger from Zip’s. …
Tue., March 26, 2013
Murder suspect’s niece in court
The family of a woman charged with first-degree assault believes their daughter is being targeted by prosecutors because she is the niece of a suspected killer. Rhyllie L. Stoddard, 20, …
Tue., March 26, 2013
Police hone homicide case
Spokane police detectives are trying to determine where two homicide suspects were on March 11 when Heather Cassel was shot and killed as she fled across the lawn of an …
Wed., Feb. 20, 2013
Killer claims insanity in gruesome prison attack
Convicted killer Michael L. West Jr., now standing trial for gouging out the eyes of a fellow inmate, sat in a chair Tuesday with his hands cuffed to his waist …
Tue., Feb. 19, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Trial opens in gruesome eye-gouging attack
Convicted killer Michael L. West Jr., now standing trial for gouging out the eyes of a fellow inmate, sat in a chair today with his hands cuffed to his waist …
Wed., Feb. 13, 2013, 3:39 p.m.
Records detail plot by fifth-graders to kill classmates
Court documents released today give chilling details about the plans two fifth graders from Colville had in place to kill a girl classmate and possibly others if they tried to …
Thu., Jan. 3, 2013
Shooting suspect Johnson held
The shooting Monday night that killed one man and seriously injured another man appears to be the result of a dispute between cousins, Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said. The …
Sat., Sept. 22, 2012
Stark convicted of murder in retrial
Shellye Stark collapsed into her chair, muttering “Oh no, oh no,” as a jury convicted her Friday for the second time of first-degree murder for killing her estranged husband in …
Thu., Sept. 20, 2012
Prosecutor intends to try man again on murder charge
A man who had his first-degree murder conviction erased earlier this summer will remain in jail unless he can come up with a portion of his $500,000 bond that a …