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Sirens & Gavels

Courthouse watch: 8.4.09

The defendant seemed disgruntled as he said "not guilty" after each charge.

"Almost done," his public defender whispered to David L. "Cowboy Dave" Harwood, 39.

It took Harwood saying "not guilty" 19 times, but eventually his arraignment for a bust connected to a major Sheriff's SWAT team standoff in late May ended in Spokane County Superior Court Tuesday.

Harwood's been in jail since his arrest May 27 near the Whitworth Arms apartments, the site of a Sheriff’s SWAT team standoff with Casey D. Beckham that same day.

Harwood told police he was to sell nearly a dozen stolen guns to Beckham to clear a drug debt. Beckham was arrested late that night.

Beckham's also suspected of breaking into a Washington State Patrol evidence room in April and prowling vehicles, including one seized during the Joe Ward investigation.

Read a story on that here.

Harwood pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, 10 counts of possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of possession of a controlled substance in Spokane County Superior Court Tuesday.

David Stevens is prosecuting the case.

Harwood's public defender, Kevin Griffith, unsuccessfully asked Judge Ellen Kalama Clark to reduce his $50,000 bond, despite his six felony convictions. Clark declined, citing the 14 warrants that have been issued for Harwood's arrest in the past for failing to follow his probation.

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