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Eccentric millionaire Robert Durst faces trial in friend’s killing

There is almost no physical evidence connecting New York real estate heir Robert Durst to the slaying of his best friend in Los Angeles 20 years ago. What does link …


Real estate heiress who posted $35M bail acquitted of murder

A San Francisco Bay Area real estate heiress who was under house arrest on $35 million bail for more than two years plans to reconnect with her children and visit …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018

Jury acquits on kidnapping, is deadlocked on murder in Colby Vodder trial

After two days of deliberations a jury failed to reach a verdict against Colby Vodder, who was on trial for the 2015 killing of Bret Snow.


Defendant denies any involvement in 2015 Newman Lake murder and dismemberment

For more than an hour Monday afternoon, 28-year-old Colby Vodder took the stand in his own defense, stamping a close to a week-long murder trial nearly three years in the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

Defense claims conspiracy in 2015 Newman Lake slaying

The trial of Colby D. Vodder began Tuesday, with his attorney telling a jury his client is the victim of a conspiracy that saw him wrongfully charged in the kidnapping …


First of four suspects in alleged murder of Bret Snow to start week-long trial Tuesday morning

Kidnapping and murder. As far as criminal charges are concerned, the allegations against Colby D. Vodder in the disappearance of Bret Snow are as serious as they come.


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018

Murder trial in N. Idaho vacated after failing to seat jury

A murder trial in northern Idaho has been called off after officials say they failed to seat a jury.


New murder trial ordered for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel

In a stunning reversal, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday vacated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction and ordered a new trial in connection with a 1975 killing in wealthy …


Montana court rules man was mentally fit for murder trial

The Montana Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the man who helped kill a Montana teacher in 2012 was mentally competent when he pleaded guilty.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Jury convicts ex-Oklahoma police officer in 4th murder trial

A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter late Wednesday in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn’t …


Issue of race is again a focus in ex-cop’s 4th murder trial

Three hung juries in the case of a white former Oklahoma police officer charged with fatally shooting his daughter’s black boyfriend had one thing in common besides unwillingness to convict: …


100 years ago in Pullman: As men head to front lines of World War I, enrollment dips at Washington State

College authorities were alarmed at the exodus of young men from the campuses of Washington State College (now WSU), the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. This was …


One brother sentenced in rural Washington couple’s killings

A man who admitted to helping his brother hide the bodies of a rural Washington couple has been sentenced to 14 months in prison.


100 years in Spokane: Fire captain accused of murder cleared by jury

A jury took only two hours – including a dinner break – to find former Spokane Fire Capt. J.F. Grant not guilty of murdering Walter Layman.


100 years ago in Spokane: Girlfriend defends convicted murderer; police suggest she may face ‘unlawful cohabitation’ charge

Convicted murderer Robert A. Hood and his live-in girlfriend, Vivian “Alaska Vivian” Tozier, issued separate statements forcefully denying that Hood was guilty of murdering Margaret Braun. “I never knew anything …


100 years ago in Spokane: Defense of man accused of murdering hotel landlady raises suspicions about hotel tenant

Gawkers filled the courtroom to capacity for the murder trial of Robert A. Hood, accused of murdering hotel landlady Margaret Braun — and were rewarded with plenty of sensational testimony. …


100 years ago in Montana: Mother of Spokane politician on trial for murder reveals ‘family secrets’

From our archive, 100 years ago The prosecution and the defense agreed on many of the relevant facts in the murder trial of Miss Edith Colby, a former candidate for …


UPDATED: Tue., May 31, 2016

‘Shield’ actor Michael Jace convicted of murdering wife

A jury on Tuesday convicted an actor who played a police officer on TV of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife that was partially witnessed by their …


Man found not criminally responsible for 2014 Calgary stabbing rampage

A Canadian man was found not criminally responsible Wednesday for killing five people in a 2014 stabbing rampage.


Eldon Samuel trained to kill zombies, mother testifies in trial

The father of Coeur d’Alene teenager Eldon Samuel III showed the boy how to use weapons from a young age and also trained him to prepare for a “zombie apocalypse,” …


CdA teen tells police he thought about killing brother for ‘a while’

Eldon Gale Samuel III told police detectives he had contemplated killing his younger brother Jonathan for “a while” and also said,


Zombie paranoia, abuse fueled Coeur d’Alene slayings, lawyer says

The parents of Eldon Gale Samuel III were abusive drug addicts constantly on the move in California, leaving their son to care for his autistic brother 11 months his junior. …


Trial begins for Idaho teen accused of killing father, brother

Eldon Gale Samuel III goes on trial for murder this week in Coeur d’Alene. He is accused of killing his father and younger brother in March 2014.


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago Charles H. Moyer, the president of the Western Federation of Miners, was present at the birth of the Wobblies (the Industrial Workers of the …


Delay sought in Coeur d’Alene juvenile’s murder trial

The lawyer for a Coeur d’Alene juvenile accused of murdering two family members asked a judge Wednesday for a delay in the trial, which is scheduled to start March 2. …


Jury starts deliberations in N. Idaho murder trial

MOSCOW, Idaho — A jury has started deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of a northern Idaho man accused of strangling his estranged wife and dumping her body into the …


Jury convicts Arteaga of murder

A Spokane jury convicted former scuba instructor Daniel Arteaga of murdering former girlfriend and understudy Kimberly Schmidt.


No death penalty in Carlile slaying case

A Spokane judge pushed back the trial for the alleged triggerman in the December shooting death of Doug Carlile, as prosecutors dropped pursuit of the death penalty and requested more …


Lawyer: Confession was forced

MIAMI – The circumstances of a confession by the man accused of shooting Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor in 2007 is at the center of that man’s murder trial. A …


Shannon Johnson murder trial begins

Attorneys kicked off a two-week murder trial Tuesday by describing two completely different scenarios stemming from the same New Year’s Eve shooting in a north Spokane convenience store that left …