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Sirens & Gavels homicide archive

THURSDAY, AUG. 12, 2010

Despite deal, murder witness doesn't testify

COLVILLE – Spokane County prosecutors ended their first-degree murder case against Christopher H. Devlin without calling the only person they believe witnessed the killing. Defense attorneys Mark Vovos and Roger Hunko implored Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque to allow them to tell jurors that prosecutors...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 2010

Theft charge dropped against killer's dad

Identity charges have been dismissed against the father of a prostitute convicted of murdering her husband. The dismissal of the first-degree identity theft charge against Curtis A. Johnson, 69, comes about a month before his daughter's boyfriend, Brian L. Moore, (pictured) is expected to be...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 5, 2010

Crenshaw sentencing on break till 1:30 

The sentencing of convicted double murderer Justin Crenshaw will continue at 1:30 p.m. Judge Tari Eitzen requested the break after more than 2 1/2 hours of emotional testimony from grieving family and friends of Sarah A. Clark, 18, and Tanner E. Pehl, 20, who Crenshaw,...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

Justin W.  Crenshaw is led from a courtroom at the Spokane County Courthouse Tuesday, July 27, 2010, after he was found guilty of two aggravated first degree murder charges. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Justin Crenshaw in 2008: 'I didn't do it' 

"Right now, everyone's looking at me like I'm guilty." Justin Crenshaw told a reporter that in July 2008, nearly five months after the brutal slayings of 20-year-old Tanner E. Pehl and 18-year-old Sarah Clark. "It’s hard to look at people with them thinking I’m guilty...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

Defense calls murder case 'classic cover-up'

COLVILLE – Defense attorney Mark Vovos on Monday told a jury of Stevens County residents that the murder trial they are about to decide amounts to a “classic cover-up” by detectives who willingly bought the shaky story of a co-defendant. But Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor...

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Prosecutor: Crenshaw is a sociopathic killer

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker once told a reporter that questions about motive contributed to his decision not to seek the death penalty against Justin W. Crenshaw. Investigators initially suspected Sarah Clark's growing interest in Tanner Pehl may have motivated Crenshaw to kill, but testimony...

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

Crenshaw murder case to go to jury today

A Spokane County jury is expected to begin deliberating this afternoon in the case of confessed killer Justin Crenshaw. Crenshaw faces life in prison without parole if convicted of two counts of aggravated first-degree murder for the Feb. 28, 2008 s tabbing deaths of 20-year-old...

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2 recent Spokane homicides, few clues

Police continue to hunt for clues in the recent murders of two Spokane men - one a gang member and the other an aspiring drug counselor with a methadone prescription. Longtime friend Bobby Caruso said William P. "Bill" Pickard (left), who was found dead under...

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010

Family: Murder-suicide suspect was unstable

The man who fatally shot his ex-fiancée and her 9-year-old son in Spokane Valley this week had been suicidal in the past and owned several guns, new court documents say. Jan R. DeMeerleer’s brother-in-law, John F. Schweitzer, told police DeMeerleer (pictured) “is bipolar and you...

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THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010

Crenshaw: You can call 911 after I leave

When admitted killer Justin Crenshaw stabbed a friend in 2004, he did so after his friend refused to drive him to buy methamphetamine from a man named Spike. Crenshaw, who served 18 months for the attack, stabbed the teen in the upper shoulder as he...

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010


Crenshaw defense could begin this week

After earlier conceding his client’s guilt in a grisly double homicide, defense lawyer Chris Bugbee had no questions Monday for the lead detective in the case against 22-year-old Justin W. Crenshaw. Now in its second week, the trial has included testimony from Crenshaw's aunt, Kate,...

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010

MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010

Killer: Trust no one, broken hearts, knives 

When detectives found the clothes admitted killer Justin Crenshaw wore during the slayings of Sarah Clark and Tanner Pehl, they found a clue that Spokane County Chief Criminal Prosecutor Jack Driscoll emphasized at the trial's opening this morning. Inside the plastic container with the bloody...

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Crenshaw double-murder trial begins today 

A double-murder trial two-and-a-half years in the making begins this morning in Spokane County Superior Court, where a jury is expected to spend three weeks hearing the case of 22-year-old Justin W. Crenshaw. Crenshaw is accused of killing 18-year-old Sarah A. Clark and 20-year-old Tanner...

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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010

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