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Trial of second defendant begins today in Craigslist slaying

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 4, 2011 at 9:03 am with 5 Comments »
April 4, 2011 9:12 am

Opening arguments are scheduled this morning in the trial of a 22-year-old woman accused in a deadly home-invasion robbery last year in Edgewood.

Amanda Knight has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree assault. She’s the second of four defendants to go to trial in the slaying of Jim Sanders the night of April 28, 2010.

Prosecutors contend Knight and Kiyoshi Higashi went to the Sanders home after Jim Sanders listed a diamond ring for sale on Craigslist. The two posed as buyers and, after they entered the home, Higashi pulled out a gun.

Higashi and Knight are accused of binding Jim Sanders and his wife, Charlene, with plastic ties. They then signaled two men waiting outside. Those men – Clabon Berniard and Joshua Reese – entered the house and herded the Sanders’ two school-aged sons at gunpoint into the kitchen with their parents, prosecutors allege.

Jim and Charlene Sanders were beaten and threatened with death before Jim Sanders, 43, broke free of the plastic ties binding his hands and fought with the robbers, according to testimony during Higashi’s trial.

Sanders then was fatally shot. The robbers stole jewelry, a laptop computer, cellphones and other items, then fled.

A jury found Higashi, 23, guilty as charged last month.

Berniard and Reese have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and await trial.

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  1. campfires says:

    Thank you Judge Rosanne Buckner, Mrs Robinett, and the Pierce County Justice Deptartment for the sentence you gave Mr. Higashi.
    Please do the same for Amanda Knight.

    The Sanders are a wonderful family. If ever there was a case the County could use to send a message, this is it.

  2. Tracianne says:

    Every murder case should be used to send a message. I think that everyone who is found guilty of murder should get the death penalty. Whats a life sentance…Its basically the death penalty. And the slow pace we move on death penatly cases anyway its more like a life sentance.

  3. sixpackjoe says:

    “Whats a life sentance…Its basically the death penalty.”

    A life sentence is how we deal with animals and people that cannot integrate into society and have been usually convicted of a violent crime and to protect society we lock them up for the good of the people. Death penalty never rights the wrongs, what do you do after revenge? Just because we do eye for an eye, the pain will always remain. A life sentence is how we bring justice for crimes while persevering our humanity in the process. Anyone that believes in the death penalty is ironically wrong about their own views on life and who should be the ones to take it.

  4. Please send this one away forever also.
    You did well with the Hagashi creep, Judge.
    Send this one to Purdy for life.
    We can not kill her, so she should suffer forever in eternity,
    after she suffers at the hands of the female inmates at Purdy.

  5. dster420 says:

    sixpackjoe said it all correct!!!

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