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Attorney requests mental evaluation for man accused of shooting two in northeast Spokane

In response to questions from a judge, Donavan L. Gibson sounded brusk, almost annoyed, as he confirmed that he understood his rights. The 35-year-old murder suspect made his first appearance in Spokane County District Court on Monday afternoon. Police say he barged into a home in northeast Spokane on the night of Nov. 20 and shot two people, including his estranged wife.

Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson, Lynden Smithson vie for open district court seat

Judge Vance Peterson’s planned retirement at the end of the year has drawn three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s newest district court judge. All three have lived in Spokane for decades, some born and raised. All three graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and spent years working as attorneys. Where they diverge is the experience – particularly, whether they’ve already donned the black robes.

Federal prosecutor arrested Friday on DUI charge

An Assistant U.S. Attorney, who was part of the prosecution team that won a conviction against former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., was arrested early Friday and charged with DUI.

County will fill vacant District Court judge seat

Spokane County Commissioners will move forward to fill a vacant district court judge seat, reversing course after asking the state to reduce the number of judges on the county payroll in June.

Triple homicide suspect appears in court; $3 million bail set

The man accused of killing his in-laws and setting their rural Spokane County home on fire after his wife spoke with him about divorce will remain in custody of the Spokane County Jail on $3 million bond. Roy Murry, 30, remained handcuffed for his brief appearance before Spokane County District Court Judge Vance Peterson on Tuesday. Murry is suspected of shooting Spokane Fire Department Lt. Terry Canfield; Canfield’s wife, Lisa Canfield; and her son, John Constable, to death before burning the Canfield home southeast of Deer Park on May 26. Investigators identified Murry as a suspect after Mandy Murry, who had been living at the Canfield home with her mother and stepfather, told them Roy Murry blamed the family for their separation.

Incumbent Judge Randy Brandt looks likely to lose race

A District Court judge is on the verge of being the first Spokane County judge rejected for re-election in nearly 25 years. After Wednesday’s counting of ballots, Judge Randy Brandt trailed his opponent, attorney Aimee Maurer, by 1,833 votes, up from 1,704 votes after the first count on Tuesday.

Brandt, Maurer stress experience in district judge race

The most expensive race for judge in Washington this year pits incumbent Spokane County District Court Judge Randy Brandt against local attorney Aimee Maurer. Although incumbent judges usually fare well in re-election bids, Maurer has gathered a large following from diverse political persuasions. She also has built her campaign around the Blueprint for Reform, a report released earlier this year from the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission that suggested the District Court was slow to change.