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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Man accused of killing his wife seeks dismissal of case while representing himself

A man accused of killing his wife in January 2018 represented himself in court Thursday after more than a year in jail and filed a motion to dismiss the case …


100 years ago today in the Inland Northwest: Murder mystery on the banks of the St. Maries River

The decomposed body of a man was found on the river bank, with one heavy stone tied around his neck and another tied around his waist.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Man who shot son-in-law near Colville pleads guilty to manslaughter, gets 7 years in prison

James C. Gates shot and killed 51-year-old Mark Leland in December 2018. Leland had been married to Gates’ daughter, Michele, who killed two children while she was a juvenile in …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police chief warns Halloween pranksters against soaping

Soaping or greasing the tracks had long been a popular prank, because it caused streetcars to lose traction and stall. However, it was also dangerous because the streetcars could slide …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Tom DiBartolo, former Spokane sheriff’s deputy who killed wife, jailed after work-release suspension

Former Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom DiBartolo, 64, who was convicted of killing his wife, Patty DiBartolo, in 1997, was jailed in Yakima Monday afternoon after his work release was …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Spokane woman gets 30 years for role in Social Security killing

A Washington woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in the killing of a woman whose body was found in Idaho.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Murder, suicide caused death of elderly Chattaroy couple, medical examiner says

The son told police his father had dementia and had grown more paranoid after he stopped taking his medication earlier this summer.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Extradition sought for sisters believed to be involved in death of W.H. McNutt

Jewell Marie McDonald and Helen Fay McDonald Wilkinson had been implicated in the mysterious death of the Spokane real estate man. Court paperwork showed that there had been a business …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Extradition begins for three siblings accused in McNutt killing

Extradition proceedings began for the three McDonald siblings — Fay McDonald Wilkinson, Jewell Marie McDonald and Ted McDonald. They were soon to be transported from Los Angeles to Spokane on …


100 years ago in Spokane: McNutt murder informant may be man who married both sister suspects

Another sensational possibility emerged in the William McNutt murder case: The “mystery” informant may have been William Wilkinson, who had been married to both Marie McDonald and her sister Fay …


100 years ago in Spokane: Yellowstone autos promote parks’ tourism; more McNutt murder details emerge

Two bright yellow Yellowstone National Park autos, including an omnibus, arrived in Spokane to promote tourism to Yellowstone and other western national parks, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


Spokane family recalls the healing of forgiveness amid riveting Dallas conviction

After this week’s extraordinary gesture in a Dallas courtroom, a Spokane family victimized by murder recalls their own story of forgiveness.


100 years ago in Spokane: Last of 4 sibling McNutt murder suspects still at large

Ted McDonald, suspected of involvement in the Spokane murder of W.H. McNutt, was arrested in Fresno, but his brother, Will McDonald, was still at large and being sought by police …


Forgiveness, anger after ex-Dallas cop sentenced to 10 years

A white Dallas police officer who said she mistook a neighbor’s apartment for her own and fatally shot him in his living room was sentenced to a decade in prison …


100 years ago in Spokane: Murder charges pending after missing man’s body found

Mrs. McNutt, who had pushed police to investigate the case for months, was present when the body was exhumed. She nearly fainted and almost “fell into the open grave.”


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

North Idaho murder suspect’s bond kept at $1M after lawyers argue over evidence in court

A woman accused of killing a 79-year-old grandmother in Hope, Idaho, will remain jailed on a $1 million bond while the murder case moves toward trial.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019

Saudi crown prince denies ordering journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says in a TV interview that he takes “full responsibility” for the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, denies ordering it.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Man sentenced for first-degree murder in drive-by shooting

Isiah J. Cavitt was sentenced to 190 months in prison on Friday for his role in a July 2018 drive-by-shooting in Spokane’s Bemiss neighborhood that left Kionte M. Bullard, 21, …


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …