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Prosecutor: Defendants knowingly aided Lakewood cop killer Maurice Clemmons

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Dec. 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm with 5 Comments »
December 1, 2010 2:01 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. R_Ansteth says:

    Five years is a joke!
    How about restitution for the additional resources it took to chase him an extra two days, divided between the defendants?

  2. lorie1000 says:

    These criminals or should I say cowards should get at least 15 yrs. in prison

  3. Swfan1969 says:

    Guilty aiding and abetting, after the fact. Given the grievousness of the crime, a message should be sent to future would be renderers of criminal assistance….Try them for Murder 2 2nd degree Manslaughter with special circumstances. That will send the message that anyone who considers assisting criminals in the future will spend more than a measly 5 years in prison.

  4. whocares09 says:

    5 years???? you get longer sentences for failing to pay your obmacare bill. I think our judicial system is sending the wrong message by only giving them 5 years. They may not have pulled the trigger but as soon as the helped him they were just as freaking guilty!!! Hang them, but oh wait we cant because they are of anther race. And you can bash me all you want but the truth is these people cant be given to harsh of sentences because the race card would come out and then they would be “profiled” and blah blah blah. They shouldn’t be allowed to walk this earth freely as long as they breath. Just my onion though.

  5. MadTaxpayer says:

    Hell with jail or prison! More of our fine folks for the Washington State Criminal Cemetary.

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