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Sirens & Gavels homicide archive

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012

Duncan wants to appeal death penalty 

BOISE - Notorious multiple murderer Joseph Duncan was back in a Boise courtroom on Friday morning, as lawyers and a federal judge wrangled over setting a date for a new hearing into whether Duncan was mentally competent when he waived appeals of his triple death...

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Duncan due in court in Boise tomorrow

Condemned child killer Joseph Duncan will be in court in Boise today - two days after the seven-year anniversary of his murderous rampage just east of Coeur d'Alene at Wolf Lodge Bay. Duncan (pictured in April 2011) was to be transported from federal death row...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

Moore defense gives closing argument

Brian Moore's lawyer Jeff Compton thanked jurors for their service and said when the trial ends, they'll go on with their lives. But, Compton said, "what happens here with Brian Moore stays with him for the rest of his life." Compton disputed testimony from private...

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Moore prosecutor gives closing argument

Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell told jurors they've heard evidence of pre-meditated murder of Dale Stark as they hared testimony in the trial of Brian Moore. "You've also heard evidence of twisted love and manipulation," Haskell said. He said the actions of Moore and Shellye Stark...

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Moore testimony ends; defense rests

Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla didn't hold out when he began cross examination of Brian Moore. His first question touched on what authorities say is a pattern of deceitfulness and sordid behavior by Moore. Cipolla pointed to Moore's statement that he was very upset when he...

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Body is that of missing Spokane woman

A body found Sunday is that of a 20-year-old Spokane woman reported missing April 2. Police are investigating Kala Williams’ death as a homicide but declined to release further details Tuesday, citing the ongoing investigation. Williams’ family told police she had recently been using drugs....

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Murder investigation 'ongoing, dynamic' 

Spokane police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe briefed reporters today on the search for Sharlotte McGill's killer. "It's really very, very fluid and so there's not an hour-by-hour update that I can provide," said DeRuwe, police spokeswoman. "I just have to trust that the community will trust...

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Police continue homicide investigation

Police believe a tip from a community member will help them find the man who killed a woman along the Spokane River last week, but they’re urging people to use common sense and avoid racial profiling. “Based on the description we do have from the...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

Testimony begins in Brian Moore case

Prosecutors say the case against Brian Moore will include evidence of not just premeditated murder, greed and financial gain. "You're gong to hear about twisted love and manipulation."," Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell told jurors during his opening statement this morning. Haskell told the jury of...

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

Murder suspect now facing meth charges

A Spokane man already jailed on a murder charge now faces two drug-dealing charges. David C. McLaughlin, 22, is accused of selling methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school on Sept. 23 and Sept. 27. That was more than two months before McLaughlin and Melinda...

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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Police still are looking for information about a car battery found near the scene of a fatal stabbing last Thursday.  (Spokane Police Department)

2 cars seized; murder probe continues 

Police today seized two cars near the scene of last week's homicide as part of an ongoing effort to find any possible evidence related to the case. "At this point, we need anything and everything," said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department....

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

2 homicide victims killed each other

A fight over an old car near a remote Pend Oreille County lake led to a rare double homicide in which investigators believe the victims killed each other. No arrests are expected in the homicides of Richard “Richie” R. Hill, 18, and Steven Quinn Divine,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

 Ronald Reynolds, left, returns to his seat as his wife, Linda Reynolds, looks on and his son Jonathan Reynolds, right, steps up to speak during a news conference at an attorney's office Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Olympia, Wash. Jonathan and Ronald Reynolds say they did not kill Ronda Reynolds in 1998, disputing the conclusion of an inquest jury. Ronald and Jonathan Reynolds said at the news conference that the accusations against them have been wrecking their lives. An inquest jury last month found the Reynolds men responsible for the death of Ronda Reynolds. The coroner issued arrest warrants for the two men, but the county prosecutor said there's not enough evidence to charge them criminally. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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'48 Hours' to feature Reynolds case

Ronald Reynolds, left, returns to his seat as his wife, Linda Reynolds, looks on and his son Jonathan Reynolds, right, steps up to speak during a news conference at an attorney's office Nov. 10, 2011, in Olympia. Jonathan and Ronald Reynolds say they did not...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

Man gets 31 years for wife's murder

A Stevens County man who shot his wife to death was sentenced Tuesday to 31 years in prison. Craig Raymond Cosby, 70, called 911 on Oct. 2, 2009, and said he'd shot his wife, Susan May Cosby, 53. Susan Cosby (pictured) was found dead of...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012

TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012

In this January 1997 photo, Marcus Schur, then eight-years-old, uses a wet-vac to suck up the remaining water in a family friend's kitchen after home along Pine Creek in Rosalia flooded. Schur was murdered in Whitman County in December 2011. (SR archives)
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3rd man arrested in Rosalia murder 

In this January 1997 photo, Marcus Schur, then eight-years-old, uses a wet-vac to suck up the remaining water in a family friend's kitchen after homes along Pine Creek in Rosalia flooded. Schur was murdered in Whitman County in December 2011. (SR archives) A third suspect...

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Man, 20, gets 15 years for '07 murder

A 20-year-old man arrested for a 2007 murder was sentenced recently to 15 years in prison. Derrick Gregory Martin-Armstead (right) also was ordered to pay $6,651 restitution after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting death of Daniel Burgess, 30. Burgess...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Torture dungeon trucker pleads guilty

By MICHAEL GRACZYK,Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas trucker who kept a torture dungeon in the cab of his long-haul rig has avoided the death penalty by accepting life prison sentences for murdering a hitchhiking couple two decades ago. Robert Ben Rhoades, who already...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

Duncan still getting competency hearing

Condemned serial killer Joseph E. Duncan is getting another day in court. Duncan, on death row for the torture slaying of a North Idaho boy he abducted in 2005 after slaughtering most of the youngster’s family, will undergo a hearing to determine whether he was...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

Teen arraigned in veteran's murder

An 18-year-old man accused of killing a retired principal who was trying to break up an underage party pleaded not guilty today to second-degree murder. In a hearing before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese, Treven Lewis was given a pre-trial conference date of May 11...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

1 officer cleared, 1 charged in shooting

(AP and staff reports) — A Nez Perce Tribal Police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a Lewiston man, but one of his colleagues could be in trouble. U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced Thursday that the officer who shot 46-year-old Jeffery Allen...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

Lewis to remain in jail on $500k bond

An 18-year-old man accused of killing a retired principal who was trying to break up an underage party will remain jailed on $500,000 bond. If Treven Lewis does post bond, he is required to check in with his attorney regularly, refrain from using alcohol and...

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Lewis due in court today for murder

An 18-year-old man accused of killing a retired principal who was trying to break up an underage drinking party is to appear in court this afternoon on a murder charge. Treven Lewis is scheduled to appear before Judge Annette Plese today at 1:30 p.m. Lewis...

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