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Jury says Seattle officer justified in shooting Clemmons

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on April 7, 2010 at 11:26 am |
April 7, 2010 1:38 pm

A jury has said this morning that Seattle police officer Benjamin Kelly was justified in shooting Maurice Clemmons. The jury unanimously said that Clemmons presented an imminent threat of death to Kelly, our news partner KIRO-TV reports.

Kelly shot and killed Clemmons on Dec. 1, 2009, two days after Clemmons had killed four Lakewood police officers in a Parkland coffee shop.

Jurors received the case Tuesday afternoon and reached their verdict this morning.

An inquest is not a criminal trial. After hearing testimony earlier this week, the six-member panel answered a series of questions about the shooting. The findings now go to the county prosecutor’s office.

Read our coverage of the Lakewood shootings and the Seattle inquest hearing here.

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