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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Shoddy DNA work delays sentencing

A Spokane County judge on Wednesday postponed the sentencing of a man convicted almost exclusively on DNA evidence after defense attorneys learned that tests identifying their client as the killer had been done by a crime lab technician who later was fired. The technician’s work...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Convicted killer will get new trial

A judge on Thursday granted the request for a new trial of a man convicted four years ago of the 2007 beating death of an adult bookstore owner in Spokane following the conviction two weeks ago of another man for the same crime. Read the...

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Gibson's bravado as robber didn't help

In the end, Patrick Kevin Gibson's bravado as a professional bank robbery didn't exactly contribute to his defense in the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Etizen said he appeared to be bragging about his exploits...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

Accused killer gives riveting testimony

In what longtime Spokane County court officials described as riveting testimony, accused killer Patrick Kevin Gibson described Thursday his years as a big-time bank robber who earned about $850,000 before heading to federal prison. Gibson's 12-year prison sentence led him to the federal witness protection...

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Wrong man may be jailed for murder

The lead investigator in the 2007 beating death of an adult bookstore owner in Spokane now is questioning whether the wrong man was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Spokane Police Detective Tim Madsen, in new court documents, acknowledges that 41-year-old...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Alleged robber is 4-foot-8, 85 pounds

A suspect has been arrested in a June 6 armed home-invasion robbery in northeast Spokane. Brettly E. Sanderson, who turned 16 last week, was charged as an adult with seven counts of first-degree robbery, but the charges were refiled in juvenile court when prosecutors realized...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

DNA identifies suspect in 2011 robbery 

DNA on a hat and gloves dropped by a man who robbed a Spokane Valley tavern owner last year has led authorities to identify a suspect. Isaiah P. Wandler, 32, is charged with first-degree robbery for a Feb. 13, 2011, attack outside Poppy's Tavern, 415...

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Judge in DNA case: 'I got it wrong'

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen said today that her misunderstanding of how DNA evidence was handled led her to initially make the wrong decision about whether it can be used in a murder suspect's trial. Eitzen originally was going to prohibit prosecutors from...

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Jerry Allen and his family are facing the rekindled pain of losing their uncle, John G. “Jack” Allen Jr., who was killed in 2007 at the age of 74. Jerry Allen did odd jobs for his uncle, who helped raise him. (Colin Mulvany)

DNA evidence tangles '07 murder case

Jerry Allen and his family are facing the rekindled pain of losing their uncle, John G. “Jack” Allen Jr., who was killed in 2007 at the age of 74. Jerry Allen did odd jobs for his uncle, who helped raise him. (SR/Colin Mulvany) Water cascades...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Man gets 9+ years for New Year's rape

A Spokane man who raped a girl in a park on New Year's Day 2010 will spend at least nine years in prison under a sentence imposed recently in Superior Court. Louis Victor Kuster, 23, was sentenced to at least 114 months for second-degree rape....

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

Jury convicts Spokane man of rape 

A Spokane County jury has convicted a man linked to a rape after his DNA was collected for a property crime conviction. Louis Victor Kuster, 23, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of second-degree rape Thursday after a three-day trial in Superior Court. Kuster has...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

Police seek DNA in pot theft shooting

Police this week obtained a DNA sample, injury photos and x-rays of a second suspect in a medical marijuana robbery that ended with the homeowner firing several shots. Detectives believe Joseph A. Gariepy, 41, (pictured) who was arrested on unrelated charges last week, was shot...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011

FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2011

From the visitation room at the Spokane County Jail, Jeramie R. Davis talks about the recent break in his case where DNA on a murder weapon was matched to a different man. Davis, 37, is hopeful the new evidence will prove he was wrongly convicted of murder. (Colin Mulvany)

New suspect in '07 murder arraigned

From a visitation room at the Spokane County Jail, Jeramie R. Davis talks last week about the recent break in his case. (SR/Colin Mulvany) A Spokane man recently arrested for a 2007 slaying that authorities previously considered solved pleaded innocent Thursday to murder charges. The...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011

DNA reveals new suspect in '07 murder

Authorities in Spokane are questioning whether the wrong man was sent to prison for the murder of a porn-shop owner in 2007. A recent DNA match in the case has identified a new suspect. Jeramie R. Davis, 37, (left) was recently transferred to the Spokane...

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

Experts detail problems with Knox case

By ALESSANDRA RIZZO,Associated Press PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — The investigators who collected the genetic evidence used to convict Seattle student Amanda Knox of murder in Italy made a series of glaring errors, including using a dirty glove and not wearing caps, two independent forensic experts...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

In this May 12 photo, accused rapist and murderer Isaiah Kalebu, lower center, is taken in a wheeled restraint chair through a hallway at the King County Courthouse following a court hearing in Seattle. Judge Michael C. Hayden has taken the unusual step of tentatively barring Kalebu from attending his own trial when opening statements began in King County Superior Court on Monday because of outbursts during pre-trial hearings. Instead, Kalebu will be able to watch the proceedings via closed-circuit television from a nearby courtroom.  ((AP Photo/Ted S. Warren))

Man barred from own trial in rape case

In this May 12 photo, accused rapist and murderer Isaiah Kalebu, lower center, is taken in a wheeled restraint chair through a hallway at the King County Courthouse following a court hearing in Seattle. Judge Michael C. Hayden has taken the unusual step of tentatively...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

DNA found on a sweatshirt has helped police identify a suspect in a two-year-old bank robbery.
A detective obtained a new DNA sample from Rodney K. Phillips, 48, on Monday, to verify a match noted by the Washington State Patrol crime lab last month.
Phillips is in prison in Walla Walla for robberies in Shohomish County.
He was arrested July 4, 2009. Banner Bank at 1521 N. Argonne Road in Spokane Valley was robbed June 18, 2009, but a man wearing a 2002 Lady Royals sweatshirt and Spokane Riverhawks hat. Both items were discarded near East Sinto Avenue and North Sargent Road the next day.
Phillips was later convicted of robberies in Snohomish and King counties around that time. Surveillance photos show his preferred outfit was a  hooded sweatshirt, hat and sunglasses, according to a search warrant used to obtain Phillips' DNA sample.
Police are awaiting the results of the new DNA test before sending the case to prosecutors.
 (Spokane Valley Police Department)

DNA identifies suspect in '09 robbery

DNA found on a sweatshirt has helped police identify a suspect in a two-year-old bank robbery. A Spokane County sheriff's detective obtained a new DNA sample from Rodney R. Phillips, 48, on Wednesday to verify a match noted by the Washington State Patrol crime lab...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Charges sought in inmate's drug death

Detectives are seeking a manslaughter charge against a former Spokane County Jail inmate they believe provided prescription drugs used in another inmate's suicide. Ronald F. Edwards, 41, could be charged with delivery of a legend drug and second-degree manslaughter under a charging recommendation sent to...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

Suspect in '92 murder pleads not guilty

A sex offender and convicted felon linked to a 1992 murder by DNA on a fake beard pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge Tuesday. Patrick K. Gibson, 59, appeared via video before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price, who set a trial...

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Overdose traced back to inmate's pills

A convicted killer who committed suicide at the Spokane County Jail did so using pills prescribed to another inmate. Now detectives are investigating whether the pill provider could be at least partly responsible for the suicide of Christopher H. Devlin, who was found dead in...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

WEDNESDAY, 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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