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UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Acquitted shooter Gail Gerlach’s daughter gets 13-day sentence for car theft

The journeyman plumber who shot and killed a man who attempted to steal his idling SUV five years ago said his daughter has long had a drug problem, and that …


Gerlach’s acquittal reflects society’s shifting attitudes

The seeds were sown for Gail Gerlach’s manslaughter acquittal in part by a Spokane murder conviction overturned more than 30 years ago. In August 1972, Yvonne Wanrow shot and killed …


Gerlach acquitted in shooting death of fleeing vehicle thief

A Spokane jury affirmed the rights of gun owners to protect themselves on Thursday, acquitting Gail Gerlach of killing a man who was speeding away in Gerlach’s stolen SUV. Tears …


Gerlach tells jurors he feared for his life

A year after fatally shooting Brendon Kaluza-Graham, who was speeding away in his SUV, Gail Gerlach told jurors the only thing he did wrong that day was mistake keys for …


Gail Gerlach testifies, saying he feared for his life

Gail Gerlach testified Wednesday morning that he fired his gun at a fleeing car thief because he thought he would be killed by the man. Brendon Kaluza-Graham was not armed …


Gail Gerlach’s wife says she feared SUV thief had gun

Sharon Gerlach feared for her husband’s life in the moments before he fired on the couple’s fleeing SUV, killing driver Brendon Kaluza-Graham. “I thought he was holding a gun, pointing …


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Police say Gerlach’s sightline was impeded

Police detectives testified Monday that it would have been nearly impossible for Gail Gerlach to see a threatening gesture made inside his stolen vehicle, wrapping up the prosecution’s case in …


Gerlach’s single bullet paralyzed, killed Kaluza-Graham quickly

The bullet fired by Gail Gerlach would have robbed Brendon Kaluza-Graham of his motor skills within “moments” and killed him almost as quickly, Spokane County Medical Examiner Sally Aiken said …


Medical examiner: Kaluza-Graham died within “moments” of being shot by Gerlach

Among those testifying in the Gail Gerlach manslaughter trial Thursday was Spokane County Medical Examiner Sally Aiken, who said Brendon Kaluza-Graham lost all motor function within moments of being shot …


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Jurors hear Gerlach’s 911 call

Moments after Gail Gerlach fatally shot Brendon Kaluza-Graham, he called 911 to report his SUV had been stolen. As the dispatcher took his information, a breathless Gerlach interrupted her: “Honey, …


Jurors hear 911 call on first day of Gerlach testimony

Moments after Gail Gerlach fatally shot Brendon Kaluza-Graham, he called 911 to report his truck had been stolen. As the dispatcher took his information, a breathless Gerlach interrupted her: “Honey, …


Testimony in Gerlach trial will start today

Eleven women and one man will decide if Gail Gerlach is guilty of manslaughter. After a day-and-a-half of questioning, attorneys for the prosecution and defense settled on 12 jurors and …


Attorneys closer to choosing jury in Gerlach’s manslaughter trial

The list of possible jurors in Gail Gerlach’s manslaughter trial shrank Monday as attorneys weeded out people with strong opinions in a widely publicized case that touches on self-defense and …


Gail Gerlach manslaughter trial begins this week

Gail Gerlach will go before a jury this week, facing up to a decade in prison on a manslaughter charge accusing him of shooting dead a man who had stolen …


Judge throws out most of Gerlach’s statements to police in car thief shooting

Much of what Gail Gerlach told police after he shot and killed a fleeing car thief can’t be used against him at trial, a judge ruled Friday. Gerlach, 57, faces …


Some Gerlach statements thrown out in car thief shooting trial

Much of what Gail Gerlach told police after he shot and killed a fleeing car thief can’t be used against him at trial, a judge ruled Friday.


Gail Gerlach talks about car thief shooting

In a Spokane courtroom Friday, Gail Gerlach described the morning of March 25 as routine, other than his wife running behind getting ready for work. “Things were a bit hastened,” …


Gail Gerlach says police violated his Miranda rights

The Spokane man who shot a car thief outside his home in March will take the witness stand next week to argue statements he made to police directly following the …


Gail Gerlach wants court to pay for forensics experts

The Spokane plumber facing manslaughter charges for shooting a car thief wants the court to help pay for the forensics experts needed to help prepare his self-defense case. Gail Gerlach, …


Gerlach pleads not guilty to manslaughter

Gail Gerlach stood before a judge Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man who was stealing his SUV. Afterward, Gerlach, 56, appeared shell-shocked as …


Gerlach said not-guilty plea a “surreal” experience

Gail Gerlach stood before a judge today and pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a man who was stealing his SUV.


Man who shot car thief could face prison time

Even Gail Gerlach wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision. Minutes after shooting fleeing car thief Brendon Kaluza-Graham, Gerlach told police officers he “was scared and that he …


Choices made leave two families forever altered

Life can change in a flash – a truth that two families are coping with in the aftermath of a shooting on March 25 in northeast Spokane. One man’s decision …


Gerlach shooting probe nearly complete

Nearly four weeks after northeast Spokane resident Gail Gerlach shot and killed a man who was stealing his Chevrolet Suburban, the investigation into a possible murder charge is not yet …


Clark: We’ve seen this shooting defense here before

I own a pistol for protection. Got a rifle, a couple of shotguns and plenty of ammo, too.


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 …


Community divided on shooting of car thief

A poster intended to memorialize “a friend and son” has become a message board for a community divided about whether a Spokane homeowner was justified in killing an unarmed man …


Car thief unarmed when shot, police say

Police say Gail Gerlach, a 56-year-old plumber with no criminal record, shot and killed a car thief Monday morning. No weapons were found in Gerlach’s stolen Chevrolet Suburban or on …