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  • Doug Clark: There’s a stink in the courtroom and the hotel room

    Karl Thompson’s version of what happened when he took down Otto Zehm sounds like one of those melees that are staple to TV cop shows. Barking orders. Officer-and-suspect squaring off. …


  • Thompson admits ‘errors’ in statement to investigators

    YAKIMA – Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. finished his second day of testimony Friday, acknowledging again that he made some errors in his taped statement describing the 2006 …


  • Thompson admits errors in Zehm report

    YAKIMA – Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. finished his second day of testimony Friday, acknowledging again that he made some errors in his taped statement describing the 2006 …


  • Thompson describes fatal confrontation

    Spokane P\police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. told jurors today that the death of Otto Zehm will be something he carries with him the rest of his life.


  • Police training expert defends use of force

    YAKIMA – One of the Spokane Police Department’s top trainers told a jury Wednesday that any situation could justify an officer’s use of force, even taking a burglary report in …


  • Officers say Thomspon followed his training

    YAKIMA – One of the Spokane Police Department’s top trainers told a jury today that any situation could justify an officer’s use of force, even taking a burglary report in …


  • Zehm update: Police training, response explained

    Jurors got a taste today of the unpredictability that officers face through the testimony of the defensive tactics trainer who instructed Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. how to …


  • Backup officer takes stand

    YAKIMA – Spokane police Officer Steven Braun Jr. gave the jury an image of Otto Zehm as someone who probably had committed a robbery, was trying to flee and then …


  • Another defense expert disputes Zehm head strikes

    A second defense expert has testified that head injuries suffered by Otto Zehm didn’t come from a police baton. The Tuesday morning testimony by Dr. Dan Davis, a forensic pathologist, …


  • Defense launches its case

    YAKIMA – After nearly two weeks of critical prosecution testimony, defense attorneys for Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. opened their case Monday with a medical doctor who told …


  • Zehm update: Judge declines to dismiss force charge

    Enough evidence of excessive force against Otto Zehm has been presented to let the case proceed, Judge Fred Van Sickle ruled today, rejecting defense arguments that one of the charges …


  • Condon to open coffers for TV ad blitz

    Spokane voters likely will have plenty of chances in the next few weeks to see David Condon on TV. The candidate who is challenging Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has spent …


  • Shawn Vestal: Bottle report a lot of fizz but little pop

    The Otto Zehm case produced its first moment of comedy this week, though it’s not funny-ha-ha. It’s funny-stupid.


  • Thompson colleague: Feds manipulated him

    YAKIMA – After obtaining an immunity letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, Spokane police Officer Tim Moses testified he could not remember or disputed any incriminating things he previously …


  • Thompson trial: Officer disputes own grand jury testimony

    YAKIMA – After obtaining an immunity letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, Spokane police Officer Tim Moses testified he could not remember or disputed any incriminating things he previously …


  • Medical expert says Zehm was beaten over the head

    A medical doctor, who testified in the Los Angeles beating trial of Rodney King, testified for federal prosecutors today, saying he found evidence of three baton strikes to Otto Zehm’s …


  • EMT, medical examiner testify about baton injuries to Zehm

    YAKIMA – For the first time since the trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. began last week, federal prosecutors walked out of the William O. Douglas federal …


  • UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 19, 2011, 8:23 p.m.

    Three testify Thompson clubbed Zehm in head

    For the first time since the trial of Spokane Police Office Karl F. Thompson Jr. began last week, federal prosecutors walked out of the William O. Douglas federal courthouse this …


  • Officer denied Zehm lunged, judge told

    YAKIMA – On the eve of his anticipated testimony, Assistant Spokane police Chief Jim Nicks disclosed to prosecutors that he believes Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. tried to “manipulate” his …


  • UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 18, 2011, 10:01 p.m.

    Nicks: Thompson approached him about ‘lunge’

    On the eve of his anticipated testimony, Assistant Spokane Police Chief Jim Nicks disclosed to prosecutors that he believes Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. tried to “manipulate” his testimony.


  • Police trainer says Thompson had no reason for using force against Zehm

    YAKIMA – Had the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm been a mock scenario used in training, Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. would have failed, a use-of-force expert testified …


  • Baton attack on Zehm unnecessary, expert testifies

    Had the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm been a mock scenario used in training, Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. would have flunked, a use-of-force expert testified on Monday.


  • Baton use quick, jury told

    Two Spokane women who were teenagers when they saw Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson confront Otto Zehm at a convenience store told jurors in Thompson’s excessive force trial Friday that …


  • Officer said deadly force not required for Zehm

    After the encounter that led to Otto Zehm’s death, Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson told an investigator he didn’t feel deadly force was needed against the suspect.


  • Thompson trial opens with legal wrangling

    YAKIMA – After years of clashing on paper, attorneys in the excessive force trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. took their frustrations out on each other Thursday …


  • Judge denies plea to throw out case

    YAKIMA – A defense request to throw out the excessive force case against Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was denied following a fiery exchange Thursday about the prosecution’s …


  • Lawyers clash in first day of Thompson trial

    YAKIMA – After years of clashing on paper, attorneys in the excessive force trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. took their frustrations out on each other Thursday …


  • Judge denies motion to dismiss Zehm trial

    A defense request to throw out the excessive force case against Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was denied following a fiery exchange today about prosecution portrayals of Otto …


  • Tracking the Trial

    Otto Zehm’s death in 2006 polarized the community and sparked calls for reform. The complex legal battle over his death that followed has brought criticism of Spokane city leaders’ handling …


  • Eight men, four women to hear Thompson case

    YAKIMA – The jurors who will decide the fate of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. have careers ranging from scientist to wastewater worker. The panel includes eight men, …