Pierce County deputy prosecutor Kevin McCann delivered the state’s closing argument this morning in the trial of four people accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers last year.
McCann told jurors, who listened to more than three weeks of testimony, Rickey Hinton, Eddie Davis, Douglas Davis and Letrecia Nelson knew what Clemmons had done when they provided him with transportation, medical aid and other assistance Nov. 29, 2009.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand,” McCann said during his nearly 90-minute argument. “They knew what he had done.”
Clemmons shot and killed Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens as they gathered in a Parkland coffee shop that morning.
He remained at large for nearly two days before being shot to death by a Seattle police officer Dec. 1.
McCann told jurors the help Hinton, the Davises and Nelson provided Clemmons postponed his capture, which had a dramatic impact on both the law enforcement officers chasing him and the community at large.
The four later eventually came clean about their involvement in helping Clemmons, but by then the damage was done, said McCann, who played recordings of interviews three of the four gave detectives in which they lied.
“These details would have been imperative,” the deputy prosecutor said.
Attorneys representing the four defendants – all either relatives or friends of Clemmons – are scheduled to begin giving their closing arguments this afternoon.
The defendants are charged with various counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance and, in some cases, weapons violations.
They face up to five years in prison if convicted as charged.