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Testimony resumes today in Clemmons trial

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 1, 2010 at 7:59 am |
June 1, 2010 1:05 pm

Testimony will resume this morning in the trial of LaTanya Clemmons, the first person to go to trial in connection with last November’s slaying of four Lakewood police officers.

Clemmons, the sister of cop killer Maurice Clemmons, is charged with rendering criminal assistance to Maurice Clemmons’ alleged getaway driver.

The trial started last week.

UPDATE: The state rested its case this morning after calling Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson and assistant police chief Mike Zaro to testify about the impact the crimes had on the community and the police department.

“It was very important to allay the fears of the community,” Richardson said about the importance of tracking down Maurice Clemmons and his getaway driver. Their being on the loose for nearly two days “effected the sense of safety in the community,” he added.

Defense attorney Helen Whitener made a motion after the prosecution rested to dismiss the aggravating factors charged against her client. If the jury agrees with the aggravators, LaTanya Clemmons could be sentenced outside the standard range if convicted, to a maximum of five years in prison. Prosecutors contend LaTanya Clemmons’ crimes were aimed at law enforcement officers and that they had an effect on the greater community.

Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend declined to dismiss, saying that prosecutors had put enough evidence of the aggravators for the jury to decide.

Whitener is expected to begin the defense case at 1:30 p.m.

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