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Murry triple-murder trial set to begin Wednesday

A jury of eight women and four men has been selected to hear the case against 31-year-old Roy H. Murry, who faces three counts of aggravated murder in connection to the deaths of his estranged wife’s family.

Friends, families gather to honor homicide victims on national day

The friends and families of homicide victims gathered for a vigil Thursday evening, passing a box of tissues around the room as they spoke one by one, choking back tears. The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office unit that assists victims and witnesses has held the vigil every year on the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims since 2007. There have been 158 homicides, including vehicular homicides, in Spokane County since the start of 2007.

James Rogers’ family questions death investigation

The shots that ended a standoff two years ago on the lower South Hill continue to create a wide chasm between how a grieving family and law enforcement investigators view the same evidence. Conflicting witness testimony and the trajectory of the bullets that killed James E. Rogers on Sept. 26, 2011, have convinced the family that Spokane police and Spokane County Sheriff’s investigators failed to fully investigate the fatal shooting, which occurred after a nearly two-hour standoff with police near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Hatch Street.

Officer accused of harassment won’t face charges

Spokane Police Officer Jeff Graves did not commit any law violations stemming from complaints from a former lover who claimed he had stalked and harassed her, prosecutors have concluded.

Convicted murderer wins new trial for 2004 killings

A Cheney man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend by pushing her out of a moving car has won a new trial. State appeals court judges ruled Tuesday that attorneys should not have been allowed to question potential jurors privately during jury selection.

Spokane officer subject of inquiry resigns from force

A Spokane police officer under internal investigation resigned Tuesday, the same day the investigation into allegations that he stalked and harassed a woman was turned over to prosecutors to determine if charges are warranted. Officer Jeff Graves resigned “effective immediately,” police Chief Frank Straub said.

Officials, mum on cop, let felon off

A gun charge against an outlaw biker – considered so dangerous that Spokane police last year called in a SWAT team to apprehend him on an unrelated assault charge – was dropped Thursday when prosecutors and city officials declined to disclose in court why his arresting officer in an unrelated case is now on administrative leave. Jerry W. Clark, a 41-year-old convicted felon with reputed ties to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, had been facing up to 4 1/2 years in prison if convicted at his trial for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Sons criticize investigation of mother’s homicide

The lives of a Deer Park family are about to be thrust salaciously into the public spotlight. Clay D. Starbuck, a former pipeline worker with no criminal record, is fighting allegations he strangled the mother of his children and left her nude body positioned in a sexually suggestive way that was intended to cause police to suspect one of the many men she’d met through online dating websites.

Legal questions surround shooting of car thief

Legal experts generally agree Washington state law prohibits opening fire on someone stealing your car. But as the investigation into last week’s fatal shooting of an auto thief in north Spokane continues and prosecutors prepare to decide whether the armed homeowner was justified, it’s clear numerous legal issues are at play.

Suspect shot dead had back wounds

A kidnapping suspect shot and killed by Spokane County deputies last summer suffered two gunshot wounds to the back, new documents show. Spokane County prosecutors are still reviewing whether the fatal shooting of Edward S. Gover, 47, was justified.

Spokane County won’t take legal action on pot cases

Spokane County prosecutors are following colleagues from King, Pierce and Clark counties in saying they will no longer prosecute adults 21 and older for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. “We are not going to prosecute any new cases,” said Jack Driscoll, chief criminal deputy Spokane County prosecutor, following passage last week by Washington voters of a marijuana-legalization law. “After Dec. 6, it is legal to possess an ounce” if you are 21 or older, he said.

Spokane County reverses, pot now legal

It’s legal. After taking more time to review the new law, Spokane County prosecutors are now following colleagues from King, Pierce and Clark counties in saying they will no longer prosecute adults older than 21 for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Trial begins in 1992 robbery, homicide

The lengthy trial of a convicted robber began this week after DNA linked the registered sex offender to a fake beard worn during the killing of a Spokane Valley business owner in 1992. Patrick K. Gibson, 60, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 7, 1992, slaying of Brian Cole, who – according to witnesses – was robbed at gunpoint by a man who also indicated he was willing to hurt Cole’s wife, who was in a wheelchair.

1992 murder trial begins against sex offender

The lengthy trial of a convicted robber has begun this week after DNA linked the registered sex offender with a fake beard used during the killing of a Spokane Valley business owner in 1992.

Prosecutors intend to try Brian Moore again

Spokane County proseuctors have decided to pursue a second trial against a Southern California man charged with first-degree murder by accomplice, setting up what could be the fourth major trial following the 2007 slaying of Dale Stark.

Jury’s deadlock leads to mistrial

A judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of a Southern California man charged with first-degree murder by accomplice in the 2007 shooting death of his girlfriend’s husband. The jury deliberated for parts of four days before informing Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt that they could not come to a unanimous decision against Brian L. Moore, 46, who was the boyfriend of former prostitute Shellye Stark.

Trimble sentenced for 1986 murder

A life of crime likely ended Friday as a Spokane judge sentenced a man to 17 years in prison for the brutal beating, rape and slaying of a woman on Christmas Eve 1986 that got solved only through advances in technology. Gary L. Trimble, 63, offered the family of Dorothy E. Burdette no explanation as to why he attacked the 62-year-old woman, rolled her in a blanket and left her to the December elements under the Interstate 90 overpass near High Bridge Park.

1986 cold case murder suspect pleads guilty

A life of crime likely ended today as a Spokane judge sentenced a man to 17 years in prison for the brutal beating, rape and slaying of a 62-year-old woman on Christmas Eve 1986 that got solved only through advances in technology.

Prosecutor compiling list of discredited officers

Spokane law enforcement officials for the first time are compiling a list of officers and deputies who have a record of lying or who have been discredited while doing their jobs. The so-called “Brady list” is part of a legal requirement to notify defense lawyers of any information that could be used to challenge the credibility of investigators.