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Sirens & Gavels homicide archive

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

Ex-Spokane man convicted of murder, rape

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former Spokane man was convicted today of raping and strangling a 19-year-old college coed during a string of attacks that had the city of Reno on edge two years ago. A Washoe County District Court jury found James Michael Biela...

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010

Gunman in Halloween shooting gets 35 years

A Spokane man who shot and killed another man outside a downtown bar after a Halloween celebration in 2008 was sentenced today to 35 years in prison. Jonathan H. Espinoza received 339 months for first-degree murder and 93 months for first-degree assault, police said in...

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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010

Suspect was jailed 2 days before murder

A Spokane transient was arrested Wednesday for the murder of a man found beaten to death in the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Friday.Roland E. Benton, 34, was booked into Spokane County Jail about noon Wednesday – one week after he was released on a...

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TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

Douglas Klages’ daughters Racheal, left, and Erika and his parents Karen and Don Klages talk about his  death, which detectives now believe was a homicide.

Homicide victim was beaten to death

When Douglas Klages last talked to his parents, he was planning for the future. The 46-year-old Spokane native struggled with alcoholism but wanted to clean up. He told his parents so in a phone call last Thursday. “He said, ‘I know you’ll be happy: I’m...

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

Dishman Hills homicide victim identified

A man who authorities believe may be Spokane County's first homicide victim this year has been identified as Douglas J. Klages.Hikers on Friday found Klages, a 46-year-old transient, dead in a small in a small cave at Camp Caro Community Park, south of Sprague Avenue,...

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Jereme  Bassett stands and walks forward in his first appearance in the death of Nevaeh Miller Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2008 in a courtroom at the Spokane Public Safety Building. He is accused of the child's death by abuse while the child's mother was working. JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Man gets 15 years for baby girl's murder 

A judge sentenced an admitted baby killer to 15 years in prison today but denied the slayer’s mother a final request: a hug before deputies hauled him back to jail. Jereme J. Bassett, 24, last month pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 7-month-old Nevaeh Alana...

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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010


Man killed in front of kids; suspect at large

Okanogan County detectives are still looking for a gunman they say killed a father in front of his two children on Friday. Javier Ramirez-Cardenas, 30, of Okanogan, (left) is accused of fatally shooting Jose Antonio Padilla-Campos, 34, in Campos' home at Johnny Appleseed Orchards off...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

2 convicted in murder of pregnant woman

Okanogan County jurors late Thursday convicted two Spokane residents in the 2009 ice-pick slaying of a pregnant woman near Tonasket. Tansy Fay-Arwen Mathis, 30, and David Eugene Richards, 34, were convicted in the killing of Michelle Kitterman, 25, who was found dead along a driveway...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

Shannon Cochran and his mother, Tracey Cochran.Courtesy photo (Courtesy photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Teen in fatal stabbing pleads to assault

A teen arrested in a fatal stabbing will spend a few more months in jail after pleading guilty today to second-degree assault. Christopher E. Hooper, 19, (left) was arrested after the Jan. 16 stabbing death of Shannon Cochran, 22. Cochran is pictured above with his...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010

 David Brewczynski, shown with Deputy Larry Humphreys and Detective Chuck Ellis when he was arrested in 1997, was released from prison in July. Brewczynski was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burglarizing a Valley duplex. 
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Jury convicts career burglar of murder

A jury today convicted a career burglar of killing an 80-year-old man in a botched burglary in September 2008. David K. Brewczynski, 44, (right, and above in 1997) was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree theft of a firearm for the beating death...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010

Teen gets 11 years in murder over $20 

Matthew T. Shope told police everything. He led them to the victim's body, described her murder in detail and, ultimately, gave detectives a solid case against her killer. But it's what Shope did - and didn't do - before his arrest that earned him more...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

2 on trial in Okanogan Co. ice-pick slaying

Two Spokane residents charged in the ice-pick slaying of a pregnant woman near Tonasket last year face life in prison if convicted by an Okanogan County jury this month. Tansy Fae-Arwen Mathis, 30 (right), and David Eugene Richards, 34 (left), are accused of killing 25-year-old...

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MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

Jereme  Bassett stands and walks forward in his first appearance in the death of Nevaeh Miller Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2008 in a courtroom at the Spokane Public Safety Building. He is accused of the child's death by abuse while the child's mother was working. JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Man pleads guilty to '08 murder of baby

A Spokane man who murdered a 7-month-old girl, then assaulted her older brother, faces 12 to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month. Jereme J. Bassett, 24, has been in Spokane County Jail since March 20, 2008, the day his now ex-girlfriend brought...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010


Trial starts in murder of 80-year-old man

A jury will soon decide whether a career burglar murdered an elderly Spokane Valley man in 2008. David K. Brewczynski, 44, is accused of killing 80-year-old Kenneth Cross in a botched burglary at Cross’ Boone Avenue home on Sept. 20, 2008. A week after the...

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