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UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Jury acquits Chattaroy woman of killing 5-year-old nephew

After being freed from three years of living as the accused killer of a boy she rescued from a life of foster homes, Cynthia L. Khaleel sat at the court …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Jury deciding whether Chattaroy woman was a supermom who killed child under pressure

Cynthia L. Khaleel was either a “supermom” who lost her temper and did something to fracture the skull of her adoptive nephew; or she was wrongfully charged with murder for …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Accused mother testifies she didn’t cause fractured skull that killed boy

So many things about the two-week long murder trial of a Chattaroy woman didn’t fit the stereotypical image of a suspect with a long criminal history fighting for freedom after …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Medical expert for the defense testifies in Khaleel trial, says short fall could have fractured 5-year-old boy’s skull

A day after the jury viewed gruesome photos of a 5-year-old’s fractured skull, the defense attorney for accused killer Cynthia L. Khaleel brought his own medical expert to suggest that …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Trial opens against aunt charged with killing 5-year-old Chattaroy boy

Five-year-old Gary Blanton III either accidentally fell from his brother’s crib and fractured his skull, or the boy became the assault victim of a frustrated aunt whose nerves snapped as …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 8:28 p.m.

Obermiller faces lengthy prison term despite being found innocent of child killing

Having been acquitted last year for the beating death of a 2-year-old girl, Jason J. Obermiller still faces several years in prison before the convicted felon can call himself a …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 9:09 a.m.

Man who killed Seattle teacher 23 years ago now accused in death of Spokane Valley girlfriend

A man convicted of gunning down a Seattle middle school teacher in 1994 was arrested Tuesday in King County on a warrant charging him with killing a Spokane Valley woman.


Lewiston man sentenced to prison for infant death

Cody A. Gossage will spend the next decade behind bars for killing his small son two years ago – reportedly by shaking the 5-month-old boy while baby-sitting.


Guilty pleas entered in Pedersen murder

Two men who strangled another man, beat him with rocks and dumped his body in the Spokane River in June 2013 have pleaded guilty to murder. The pleas are part …


Bryant not lone guilty party in Campton death, officials believe

Potential jurors filed into a Stevens County courtroom earlier this month, expecting a lengthy trial in the brutal slaying of a 62-year-old Northport, Wash., woman in her home over the …


Convicted murderer wins new trial for 2004 killings

A Cheney man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend by pushing her out of a moving car has won a new trial. State appeals court judges ruled Tuesday that attorneys …


North Idaho man convicted in girlfriend’s death

COEUR D’ALENE — A North Idaho man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the Christmas Day 2011 shooting death of his girlfriend.


Man suspected in toddler’s death pleads not guilty

The man charged in the death of his girlfriend’s 18-month-old toddler pleaded not guilty Monday and has told investigators he thinks the child’s fatal injuries were caused by an accidental …


Police say father shot son

An Airway Heights man told police that he accidentally shot his son in the face during an early Sunday morning fight, according to court records. The fight and fatal shooting …


Drug robbery may have led to hotel shooting

A shooting that left a man dead outside a downtown Spokane hotel last month appears to have been the result of an attempted drug robbery, according to newly filed court …


Man gets 36 years in child death, beating

A Spokane man received 36 years in prison for killing a 1-year-old and beating an infant blind and inflicting brain damage. James R. Cooley, 24, apologized to the families of …


Woman convicted of murder

Testimony from three witnesses put the gun in her boyfriend’s hand either during or immediately after a Spokane man was shot to death last December following a bizarre altercation, but …


Suspect: Killing accidental

A St. Maries man accused of murdering an 18-year-old woman told police he accidentally shot her in the face while checking to see if his gun was unloaded, officials say. …


Suspected killer says fatal gunshot was accidental

A St. Maries, Idaho, man accused of murdering an 18-year-old woman told police he accidentally shot her in the face while checking to see if his gun was unloaded, officials …


Spokane murder suspect, victim were aspiring rap artists

A 21-year-old man shot to death at a Spokane hotel early Sunday tried to intervene in a fight when he was shot in the chest by a man his friends …


Charges filed in shooting death of Naples woman

A North Idaho man is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 43-year-old woman.


Hayden man awaits second trial in jail

A man whose second-degree murder conviction was overturned in May by the Idaho Supreme Court turned himself in Wednesday to the Kootenai County Jail, while he awaits a new trial. …


CdA shooter sentenced

A Honduran national who fatally shot a beloved member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe after a confrontation at a downtown Coeur d’Alene bar last year was sentenced Friday to 28 …


Aldana-Villanueva sentenced for Coeur d’Alene murder

A Honduran national who fatally shot a beloved member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe after a confrontation at a downtown Coeur d’Alene bar last year was sentenced Friday to 28 …


Man pleads guilty to ‘08 murder of baby

A Spokane man who murdered a 7-month-old girl then assaulted her older brother faces 12 to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.


$1 million bond for teen in pregnant girlfriend’s death

The teenager charged with stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death was released from jail in the spring because there was no room in mental health services, court documents show.


Valley man arrested in death of girlfriend

Neighbors on North Bowman Road in Spokane Valley were shocked by a homicide that happened in their midst Saturday evening when a 33-year-old pregnant woman was killed, allegedly by her …


Woman arrested for second-degree murder

A woman accused of stabbing a Spokane man to death this month was arrested Thursday. Maggie May Tyler, 24, faces one count of second-degree murder after Spokane police arrested her …


Troubles started early for man accused in baby’s death

Jereme J. Bassett’s troubles started at a young age. The 22-year-old started smoking cigarettes at 13 and quickly graduated to alcohol and marijuana, then harder drugs like methamphetamine, his younger …