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Former Pasco cop wants coroner removed from inquest

A former Pasco police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Mexican immigrant last year is asking a judge to remove the Franklin County coroner from an inquest into the man’s death.

Ex-Pasco officer Richard Aguirre, arrested in 1986 killing, posts bail

SPOKANE) – A former Pasco police officer who faces a murder charge in the 1986 killing of a Spokane prostitute has been released from jail pending trial. The Tri-City Herald reported Richard J. Aguirre was released on bail Friday night after a Spokane County Superior Court judge reduced his bond from $1 million to $500,000.

Pasco police shooting inquest expected this spring

After clearing three major hurdles this week, Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel plans to hold a public inquest in April or May into last year’s shooting death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Washington bill would make prosecuting police shootings easier

A bill that would make it easier to charge police officers with crimes for improper use of deadly force received its first public hearing Wednesday, drawing testimony from many who argued that it’s too difficult to prosecute law enforcement for shooting people in Washington.

Police use-of-force cases shielded by strict Washington law

Killings by police in the line of duty have surged in Washington over the past decade, according to a Seattle Times analysis. During that period, only one police officer has been criminally charged in state courts with the illegal use of deadly force on the job.

No charges for Pasco officers in migrant worker’s death

Three Pasco police officers who shot and killed migrant worker Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February will not face criminal charges, Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said Wednesday. Sant announced the decision in a packed chamber of the Franklin County commissioners almost seven months after the shooting.

Roy Murry, Richard Aguirre plead not guilty

Roy Murry, who is accused of killing three family members at a home in Colbert, and Richard Aguirre, who was linked through DNA evidence to the 1986 murder of a Spokane prostitute, entered not-guilty pleas this morning in Spokane County Superior Court.

Aguirre friend, family speak out

The family of murder suspect Richard Aguirre is questioning whether the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office is trying to sway public opinion against the former Pasco police officer. “We would like to unequivocally state that Richard Aguirre is completely innocent of the charges of voyeurism and murder,” said family friend Tina Ledoux. “Rich is a kind, compassionate and dedicated family man who proudly served his country in the military before serving his community with distinction as a police officer.”

Haskell stands firm on leaks to former police officer Aguirre

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell is standing by statements made by one of his deputies suggesting law enforcement in Central Washington leaked information to a murder suspect. Meanwhile, Richard Aguirre’s attorney is asking a judge to throw out the $500,000 bond on a voyeurism charge imposed after the claims were made in court.

Haskell: No comment on Richard Aguirre leak accusations

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell said his office will not be releasing the details that led one of his deputies to accuse law enforcement in Central Washington of leaking information to murder suspect Richard Aguirre.

Franklin County sheriff decries allegation of possible leak in murder case

Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond is decrying the loss of public trust after a deputy prosecuting attorney said in a Spokane courtroom Friday that his department was suspected of feeding information to murder suspect and former Pasco police Officer Richard Aguirre, a charge Raymond says is false. But the source of the allegation remains unclear. Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell has not released details and Spokane police Chief Frank Straub has referred questions to Haskell.

Pasco police, sheriff dispute leak allegation

Pasco police and the Franklin County sheriff are disputing that their agencies leaked information to Spokane murder suspect Richard Aguirre. Deputy Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Treece said in court Friday that there is “reason to believe” that members of the Pasco Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office leaked information to Aguirre, a former Pasco police officer accused of killing Ruby Doss in Spokane in 1986.

Cold-case murder suspect faces charge of voyeurism

Spokane County Jail records indicate that cold-case murder suspect Richard Aguirre is facing a new charge of voyeurism. Spokane police Capt. Eric Olsen verified the new charge Thursday evening but said he was informed of it by investigators after business hours and had not seen any documentation.