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Dispute Could Set Back Loukaitis Trial Lawyers From Both Sides Note Judge's Friendship With Victim's FamilyAug. 1, 1996, midnight
An already stalled hearing to determine whether accused killer Barry Loukaitis should be tried as an adult may have to start over, now that lawyers on both sides want a new judge. "We'll be back to square one," Grant County Deputy Prosecutor Robert Schiffner said Wednesday. Loukaitis, 15, is accused of killing two classmates and a teacher during a Feb. 2 rampage at his school in Moses Lake.
Gang War Behind Shootings On West First Two Incidents That Wounded Six People Part Of Fight Over Drug Turf, Police SayJuly 30, 1996, midnight
1. Esparza 2. Lanphier
July 25, 1996, midnight
Mark Kelley raped a 15-year-old girl and held her hostage during a standoff with police last year, a Spokane County jury decided Wednesday. After more than eight hours, jurors rejected Kelley's defense that he had consensual sex with the girl and never forced her to stay barricaded with him at her North Side home. He was found guilty of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault. All three charges will carry at least five additional years in prison because a weapon was involved.
City, State Sued Over Death Of Bridge Worker Daughters' Wrongful Death Suit Alleges That Officials Ignored Safety ViolationsJuly 24, 1996, midnight
The daughters of a Spokane construction worker who fell to his death from the Maple Street Bridge have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and state, as well as his company. The lawsuit accuses government officials of allowing the 1993 resurfacing project to continue despite an earlier near-fatal accident and ongoing safety violations. It also accuses the contractor, David A. Mowat Co. of Kirkland, Wash., of having substandard safety practices.