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Sirens & Gavels archive for May 4, 2011


Arrest made in '92 Spokane Valley murder

After nearly two decades, Spokane County sheriff’s detectives solved a case that had long gone cold: the shooting death of a Spokane Valley business owner that shocked the community. Patrick Kevin Gibson, 58, was arrested for first-degree murder about 6:50 a.m. Wednesday in Stanwood, Wash.…

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Jury in Steele case asks to deliberate late

Eleven women and one man will continue deliberating Thursday in the murder-for-hire trial of Edgar J. Steele in U.S. District Court in Boise. Deliberations began about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and ended about 7 p.m. The jury asked to hear the recordings and tapes played at…

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Steele's defense points to Fairfax set up

There's no doubt that the federal government has evidence in its case against Edgar Steele, his lawyer says, but all that evidence points back to Larry Fairfax, who claims to have been hired by Steele to kill his wife and mother-in-law. The pipe bomb strapped…

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Prosecutor lays out case against Steele 

Though Edgar Steele's fingerprints are not on the pipe bomb that was strapped under his wife's car, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws told jurors in his closing argument that the 65-year-old North Idaho lawyer's "legal fingerprints" are all over it. Haws played portions of the…

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Defense rests; Ed Steele doesn't testify 

Defense lawyers in the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial rested their case this morning without calling Steele to the stand. Lawyers are working on jury instructions now. Closing arguments are expected today. Prosecutors predicted their argument will take an hour. Steele's defense said they will take…

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Fairfax to call book 'An Act of Defiance'

Larry Fairfax, the main witness in the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial, plans to write a book based on the case called "An Act of Defiance: Built on Lies and Deceit by the FBI." Daryl Hollingsworth, who met Fairfax and Steele in the Bonner County Jail,…

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Edgar, Cyndi Steele allowed to meet today

Edgar Steele will be allowed to visit with his wife and alleged victim today before deciding if he will testify today in his murder--for-hire trial in U.S. District Court in Boise. Steele's lawyer, Robert McAllister, said his client requested the meeting. "At this time i…

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