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‘Judge Judy’ to feature Spokane case

Two Spokane County residents will appear on the TV reality show "Judge Judy" tomorrow as part of a landlord-tenant dispute. 

Shennen Blackburn of Liberty Lake is suing former tenant Samuel Doyle, of Spokane, for allegedly damaging her rental property, according to a press release.

 Blackburn said Doyle, 25, (pictured right) lived at the home for a year and caused severe damage when he moved out. She said she added Doyle to the lease with Tyler McKinley, but Doyle said he never had a lease and just lived there.

Blackburn said McKinley never actually lived at the home.

Judge Judy Sheindlin calls Doyle "a hustler." “You know, you may hustle this nice lady here, I guarantee you, you’re not going to hustle me. Guarantee,” Sheindlin tells Doyle, the press release said.

Watch the episode Tuesday at 4 p.m. on KHQ channel 6.

A "Judge Judy" episode featuring two Spokane residents last year led to new criminal charges against a fraud suspect. Read more here.

The same day a reporter received word of Doyle's TV appearance, Spokane County sheriff's detectives filed a search warrant that was used to seize items from Doyle's home last week in an ongoing marijuana investigation.

Detectives searched a home on Judkins Road earlier this month and, in addition to arresting five suspects and seizing eight pounds of marijuana and 1,000 plants, found paperwork in Doyle's name, according to the search warrant. The home's electricity bill was in McKinley's name.

Interviews led detectives to believe Doyle claimed to be growing the marijuana for medical marijuana patients, and that he'd offered a man $5,000 to help him.

Doyle was described as a "the business guy in all of this," according to the search warrant. Others told detectives they saw Doyle at the growhouse checking on the plants and asking "the trimmers" how the work was going. 

Detectives searched Doyle's home in the 10900 block of East 7th Avenue in Spokane Valley on Nov. 16.

Doyle, who is on probation for possessing 10 pounds of marijuana in Oregon, is not in custody. The investigation is ongoing.

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