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Grand jury charges witness with lying about suspect in 2001 slaying of federal prosecutor Thomas Wales

In what may be a break in the 18-year-old investigation into the shooting death of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales in 2001, federal prosecutors have charged an Everett woman with …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Woman accused of killing her child’s grandmother found competent, pleads not guilty

A woman accused of killing of her child’s grandmother was found competent to stand trial and pleaded not guilty Tuesday after completing a psychological evaluation at Eastern State Hospital.


Family of white supremacist murder victims, including Spokane Valley City Council candidate, call for racial equity talk in the city

Lance Gurel, who is one of the candidates running against Spokane Valley City Councilman Arne Woodard, said this weekend the impending execution of Danny Lewis Lee shows why the city …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Triple murderer implicated in Spokane City Hall bombing to be first man executed as a result of new federal directive

The death sentence handed down to Danny Lewis Lee, a white supremacist who was implicated in the bombing of Spokane City Hall in 1996, was for a triple murder that …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Murder suspect told Spokane police he planned to kill victim, then her sister

Bryce J. Thompson, 19, confessed to a Spokane police detective that he planned the killing of Alyssa Dodd on July 17 but didn’t go through with a plan to kill …


100 years ago in Spokane: Prosecutors allege Babe Langer killed bouncer to avoid debt

But the 28-year-old said on the stand that her own life had been threatened before the fatal shooting.


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Attorneys battle over whether accused Freeman High School shooter should be tried as adult

Nearly two years in the waiting, attorneys finally began on Monday presenting evidence to determine whether accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe will be tried for murder as a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Babe Langer’s defense in murder trial says woman was acting in self-defense

The 28-year-old was accused of murdering the man with whom she’d had a relationship. Edmond Haley had reportedly said he’d beat her for taking his whiskey.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigates connection between shooting caught on video and fatal drive-by two days later in Wandermere

A home surveillance video uploaded last week by a Logan neighborhood homeowner appears to show a vehicle Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say was involved in a fatal drive-by shooting.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Stolen purse may be motivation in weekend’s fatal drive-by shooting in Wandermere

A stolen purse could be the motivation behind this weekend’s fatal drive-by shooting in the Wandermere area.


Suspect in White Swan killings arraigned in federal court

One of the suspects in the June shooting deaths of five people in White Swan was arraigned on a federal carjacking charge.


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

Cheney man who allegedly killed wife with ice cream moves to Oklahoma, pleads not guilty to new murder charge

A man suspected of killing his wife last year at their Cheney home with poisoned ice cream pleaded not guilty to a new murder charge in Spokane County Superior Court …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Police arrest man suspected of killing Utah college student

A Utah college student last seen in a Salt Lake City park 11 days ago was abducted and killed and her remains burned in the yard of a man now …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 11:44 a.m.

Cheney man accused of killing wife with poisoned ice cream faces new charges

A man accused of killing his wife by lacing her ice cream with a lethal dose of his pain medication in October will appear in court next week after prosecutors …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

Spokane police investigating 33-year-old man for homicide in the death of his mother in her downtown apartment

Police suspect man may have given his mother a lethal dose of drugs in downtown Spokane apartment.


Key witness in Navy SEAL case stuns court by taking blame

When prosecutors called a special forces medic to testify, they expected him to bolster their case against a decorated Navy SEAL accused of stabbing an Islamic State fighter in his …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Prosecutor: Navy SEAL bragged he ‘got’ victim with knife

A seven-man jury was selected Tuesday to decide the fate of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq and other …


Family: Baby cut from slain Chicago woman’s womb dies

CHICAGO – An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman’s womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

3 life sentences without parole for man who killed 3 Muslims

A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to killing 3 Muslim university students and gets life without parole; cellphone video of shooting shown in court as some weep and one …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Arrest warrant issued for Afghan immigrant suspected of killing wife in Spokane

Investigators are seeking to arrest Wahid Kashify, an Afghan immigrant suspected of killing his wife and hiding her body in a freezer last month. He has fled the country.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies make arrest Monday in alleged Malott matricide

A man accused of killing his mother with a knife was arrested Monday afternoon by Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies.


Friends recall slain Afghan woman Arezu Kashify as ‘loving, curious’

Arezu Kashify loved many things – cooking, carnival games, roller coasters, lounging by a lake with her friends and family. But perhaps more than anything, she loved to learn.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Vodder guilty of murder in case of Bret Snow killing

A second suspect in the 2015 disappearance and killing of Bret Snow was found guilty Monday afternoon.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

Detectives find body, believed to be missing Afghan woman, under false bottom of freezer

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives on Tuesday found the body believed to be that of 24-year-old Arezu Kashify hidden beneath the false bottom of a chest freezer inside the apartment she …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Detectives find body believed to be missing Afghan woman in her apartment

Investigators found the body believed to be a missing Afghan woman after searching an apartment she shared with her husband and children. He left the country on a one-way plane …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Fund for family of victim in last week’s fatal shooting near Orchard Prairie raises more than $29,000

Benjamin Grosser, a 29-year-old father of two, was shot and killed by his neighbor David Cholewinski, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office reported.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

Body believed to be missing Utah girl is found

Police say a body believed to be a missing 5-year-old Utah girl was found less than a block from her home


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 11 a.m.

Texas transgender woman seen in videotaped attack found dead

A 23-year-old transgender woman seen on a widely circulated video being beaten in front of a crowd of people was found dead over the weekend in a Dallas shooting, police …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Caldwell man arrested as suspect in 1996 rape, murder

Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a young Idaho Falls woman more than two decades ago with the help of DNA and a …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police …