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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 …


Prosecutor candidates promise fresh approach to criminal justice

Both candidates for Spokane County prosecutor promised change as they debated Thursday at a downtown candidate forum. The extent of those changes, and the person most qualified to make them, …


At debate, prosecutor candidates promise to be different than Tucker

Both candidates for Spokane County Prosecutor promised change as they debated Thursday at a downtown candidate forum. The extent of those changes, and the person most qualified to make them, …


Judge authorizes $221,574 payment to Gerlach attorneys, witnesses

Taxpayers will have to dole out more than $220,000 to defense attorneys and expert witnesses who helped Gail Gerlach beat a manslaughter charge in an April trial. A jury acquitted …


Defense attorneys list expenses in Gerlach trial

Read the itemized list of requested reimbursement from the defense attorneys for Gail Gerlach.


Gerlach attorneys argue for nearly $330,000 in state reimbursement

Months of preparation and hours of testimony in the high-profile manslaughter trial of Gail Gerlach were converted to dollars and cents Friday as attorneys argued how much the state should …


All of us share stake in Gerlach’s defense bill

How much should you and I pay for the defense of Gail Gerlach? A judge will hear arguments today over bills submitted by the legal team for Gerlach, the Spokane …


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 …


Jury acquits Gerlach of manslaughter

Tears flowed on both sides of a Spokane courtroom Thursday as a jury acquitted Gail Gerlach of manslaughter in the March 2013 death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham.


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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The Spokesman-Review is providing gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Gail Gerlach manslaughter trial on Twitter. Follow @SRTrials for the latest.


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 …


Jury selection starts in Gerlach manslaughter trial

The list of people who will hear testimony in the manslaughter trial of Gail Gerlach shrunk Monday as attorneys challenged potential jurors and Gerlach’s wife was excluded from the courtroom …


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,” …


Slain car thief’s father has his own legal troubles

The father of a Spokane man shot to death in March while trying to steal a car appeared in Superior Court on Thursday – accused of trying to steal a …


Father of man killed during attempted vehicle theft faces charges of attempted vehicle theft

The father of a Spokane man shot to death in March while trying to steal a car will appear in Superior Court today — for trying to steal a car.


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 …