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Bonnie Harris

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Dispute Could Set Back Loukaitis Trial Lawyers From Both Sides Note Judge’s Friendship With Victim’s Family

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.
News >  Spokane

Man Found Guilty Of Kidnap, Rape Kelley ‘Looking At A Lot Of Time’ Over Standoff

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.

News >  Spokane

City, State Sued Over Death Of Bridge Worker Daughters’ Wrongful Death Suit Alleges That Officials Ignored Safety Violations

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.
News >  Spokane

Kidnapping Suspect Blames The Teen Girl

A Spokane man on trial for holding a teenager hostage during a six-hour standoff with police said Monday the girl was "very much free to go" and chose instead to stay barricaded with him inside her North Side home. Mark Kelley, 32, told a Spokane County Superior Court jury he had consensual sex with the 15-year-old girl early Dec. 3, after partying with her the night before.
News >  Spokane

Judge Clears Way For Victims’ Families Rules Safety Shortcuts May Have Contributed To Murders At Restaurant

Safety shortcuts by the owner of a fast-food restaurant may have contributed to the murders of two young employees there in 1992, a Superior Court judge ruled. The decision allows the victims' families to move ahead with a wrongful-death lawsuit against Ed Hatter, who owns the Burger King on Argonne Road in the Spokane Valley. The lawsuit claims Hatter took "unreasonable risks" in employee safety at the restaurant, where convicted killer Blake Pirtle used to work.
News >  Nation/World

System Strained, Sweetser Says Prosecutor Says Staff Overworked Due To Increasing Number Of Cases Going To Trial

It's not the best time for Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Sweetser to be asking for more money. His office has been under fire since judges said a prosecutor's errors forced them to dismiss two separate rape cases over the past few months. In one case, the charges were reinstated, but the public relations damage had been done. While Sweetser denies his office bungled the cases, he warns that more charges will be dismissed if his overworked prosecutors don't get some relief.

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