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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Granddad: Wisconsin girl has no link to suspected kidnapper

The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to …


Could podcast on mysterious killing of Zachary Lamb help solve Spokane cold case?

The podcast begins where Zachary Lamb’s life ended – on the historic streets of the lower South Hill, just outside of his apartment at 10th Avenue and Elm Street.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

‘God told me he was a lizard’: Seattle ‘Proud Boy’ accused of killing his brother with a sword

A Seattle man who prosecutors say may be mentally ill was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, accused of killing his brother with a four-foot-long sword. His social media accounts suggest …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Man gets 40 years in prison for killing Spokane cab driver in North Idaho

Shortly before Jacob Coleman was handed a four decade to life sentence for the murder of a Spokane cab driver, he tried to run out of a courtroom after shouting …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

Man fled before trial for allegedly killing a teen girl. U.S. prosecutor thinks Saudi Arabia helped him.

Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah was charged with manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of a 15-year-old girl. Then he disappeared.


Senators accuse Saudi prince of complicity in Khashoggi murder

CIA Director Gina Haspel appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief key senators on the agency’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the killing of journalist …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 9:02 a.m.

Spokane man sentenced to 11 years for killing mother

A Spokane man charged with killing his mother in 2016 has accepted a plea deal.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Attorney requests mental evaluation for man accused of shooting two in northeast Spokane

In response to questions from a judge, Donavan L. Gibson sounded brusk, almost annoyed, as he confirmed that he understood his rights. The 35-year-old murder suspect made his first appearance …


Mead man accused of strangling half-sister has history of domestic violence, records say

Long before he became the prime suspect in the killing of his half-sister, Ronald A. Beck was known to throw violent tantrums and exact petty revenge when he didn’t get …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Police arrest suspect accused of killing man, trying to kill estranged wife

A man is dead and a woman is in hospital care with life-threatening injuries after the woman’s estranged husband allegedly broke into her northeast Spokane home Tuesday evening and shot …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Trump says no new Saudi punishment for Khashoggi murder

President Donald Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will not punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at this time nor cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the killing of …


Man who strangled wife, killed his 2 girls sentenced to life

A man who strangled his pregnant wife and suffocated their two young daughters wanted to escape his marriage and growing family, prosecutors said Monday as a judge imposed a sentence …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said Thursday he’s seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the …


Police think Alexa may have witnessed a New Hampshire double slaying – now they want Amazon to turn her over

Alexa might have been listening, as she almost always is, when Christine Sullivan was stabbed to death in the kitchen of the Farmington, New Hampshire, home where Sullivan lived with …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

Authorities: Custody dispute played role in Ohio family’s 2016 slaying

Authorities arrested a family of four Tuesday in the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio, a crime that prosecutors suggested stemmed from a custody …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court upholds conviction in guard’s death

The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of a Byron Eugene Scherf in the murder of corrections officer Jayme Biendl in 2011. Scherf had been serving life without …


Official: Mafia hit man suspected in Whitey Bulger’s slaying

A Mafia hit man who is said to hate “rats” is under suspicion in the slaying of former Boston crime boss and longtime FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger, who was …


South Dakota executes inmate who killed prison guard in 2011

A South Dakota inmate who killed a correctional officer seven years ago during a failed prison escape on the guard’s 63rd birthday was put to death Monday evening, marking the …


Defendant denies any involvement in 2015 Newman Lake murder and dismemberment

For more than an hour Monday afternoon, 28-year-old Colby Vodder took the stand in his own defense, stamping a close to a week-long murder trial nearly three years in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Defense claims conspiracy in 2015 Newman Lake slaying

The trial of Colby D. Vodder began Tuesday, with his attorney telling a jury his client is the victim of a conspiracy that saw him wrongfully charged in the kidnapping …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Ex-boyfriend killed former Pullman High track star, police say

An ex-Pullman High track star was shot and killed on University of Utah campus by a former boyfriend, who was found dead hours later inside a church Tuesday, authorities said.


First of four suspects in alleged murder of Bret Snow to start week-long trial Tuesday morning

Kidnapping and murder. As far as criminal charges are concerned, the allegations against Colby D. Vodder in the disappearance of Bret Snow are as serious as they come.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court rules sentencing youth to life without parole is unconstitutional

A split Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Judge orders Spokane killing suspect to undergo more psychological treatment

A judge ordered a man investigators say killed his ex-girlfriend outside of her Spokane Valley home late last year to undergo a third round of competency restoration treatment at Eastern …


Being killed for their work is growing risk for journalists

Journalists are familiar with the risks of reporting from war-torn lands, but the recent death or disappearance of three people in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrates the growing dangers to …


Murder of missionary student leads to new jail policy on reporting warrant information on suspects

A week after Saul Llamas Rios was sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing a Tieton missionary student, officials approved a new policy requiring the Yakima County jail to …


Her husband was arrested. In 2 weeks, she was dead. Would protection order have helped?

On Aug. 29, a magistrate judge declined a Canyon County prosecutor’s request to put a no-contact order in place between Philip Butler and his wife. Two weeks later, police believe …


Oregon judge finds Idaho man unfit to stand trial in murders

A judge in Oregon has halted a double murder trial for a man charged with kidnapping and killing his ex-wife after ruling that the defendant is mentally unfit to stand …


Portland novelist who wrote ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ charged with murdering husband

In “How to Murder Your Husband” – an essay – Crampton Brophy wrote about how to get away with it. She was arrested last Wednesday on charges of murdering her …


Canadian man wanted for rape and murder in Windsor, Ontario, arrested in Kent

Jitesh Bhogal is accused of the slaying of a 31-year-old woman who was found in her third-floor apartment bedroom late that day by her ex-boyfriend after their 9-year-old son said …