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Tucker deputy wants top job

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens announced Thursday that he’ll challenge his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker, in the August primary. Both Tucker and Stevens are Republicans, and the battle already is off to a heated start.

Death penalty avoided

A Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him will avoid the death penalty if convicted because prosecutors mismanaged the case, a judge ruled Wednesday. Spokane County prosecutors failed to disclose for months pertinent statements from 56-year-old suspect Christopher H. Devlin’s alleged accomplice that raised questions about where the slaying occurred. Although a legal technicality, the statements from co-defendant Carl A. Hoskins, 57, that the victim, 52-year-old Daniel D. Heily, of Chattaroy, was killed in Stevens County instead of Spokane County are critical to the question of where Devlin should be tried. Devlin’s lawyers weren’t told of the discrepancy until months after he requested to move his case to Stevens County.

Prosecutors’ mixup takes death penalty off the table

A Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him will avoid the death penalty because prosecutors mismanaged the case, a judge ruled Wednesday.

County issues layoff notices

Spokane County has started handing out layoff notices, and a few employees will be asking this week to leave at the end of November so they can take advantage of a federal program that helps pay their health insurance costs. And dozens more layoffs are coming by the end of December unless unions and managers reach agreements on concessions in wages or work hours. County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said Thursday he has notified eight attorneys and four support staff that they will be out of jobs by the beginning of 2010 unless changes are made to the final year of the county’s labor agreement.