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Sirens & Gavels

More charges in Friday’s shooting

Two men arrested in a shooting Friday are due back in court today on more charges related to the alleged robbery attempt that began as an apparent carjacking attempt.

Joseph P. Ellery, 30, is charged with attempted first-degree robbery and drive-by shooting, as well as first-degree assault, for an incident police say left Donald Young hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot to his upper body.

Ellery is accused of pulling a gun as he jumped in the Mitsubishi 3GT coupe that Young was driving before Young, who family members said is in his 50s, grabbed the gun and it "just went off," Ellery reportedly told police.

Arrested with Ellery was Richard P. Hoffman, 34, who police say was driving a 2001 Chevy pickup with Ellery when Ellery got out and approached Young, according to court documents. Previously charged with drug possession, Hoffman is due in court again this afternoon on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of motor vehicle theft tools.

Also on today's first appearance docket is the Mead man accused of killing his wife in front of their 11-year-old son. He's in jail on $1.5 million bond, according to jail records - a reduction from the $2.5 million imposed at his District Court appearance on a first-degree murder charge Dec. 7.

The difference in charges means prosecutors won't be trying to prove that Canino premeditated the murder of Michelle Canino but that he had intent to kill when he stabbed her.

Also scheduled to appear today is a teen girl charged with robbery for an alleged incident near Upriver Driver and the Centennial Trail in August.

A warrant was issued for Mariah J. Bigelow's arrested Dec. 2. She was arrested yesterday, according to jail records.

Bigelow, 17, is accused with two men of robbing a man and using the money for a shopping spree at a Spokane mall.

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