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Sirens & Gavels archive for July 30, 2009


Courthouse watch: 7.30.09

No material from convicted killer Shellye Stark's former lawyer's files will go to prosecutors seeking a murder conviction against her married boyfriend because the material could be critical to Stark's appeal, a judge ruled today. Spokane County Superior Judge Ellen Kalama Clark dodged a legal…

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Sting targets Craigslist prostiution

Kootenai County authorities were monitoring local Craigslist postings even before Philip Markoff was charged with murder and with assaulting and robbing women he’d met through the Web site, which offers free classified ads. Their effort highlights a sex market that thrives online and exists all…

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Still wanted: Stoney Boy and Mikey Mike

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that helps arrest two men wanted in connection with a July 24 shooting. Police say Timothy “Stoney Boy” Lucious, 38, (left) and Michael “Mikey Mike” R. Gardner, 23, (right) were involved in an early-morning altercation near South…

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Pierre West enters court in May 2009 to face charges of first-degree kidnapping, rape and assault for attacks on prostitutes that date to 2005.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Juror's omission gets West new trial

A judge has overturned a conviction that would have put a registered sex offender in prison for life. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price on Thursday ordered a new trial after a juror acknowledged she knew the defendant, Pierre D. West, prior to his…

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