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Alleged getaway driver won’t testify in last trial tied to massacre of Lakewood officers

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on May 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
May 9, 2011 2:34 pm

Attorneys representing Maurice Clemmons’ alleged getaway driver rested their case today without calling their client to the stand.

Closing arguments could come Tuesday or Wednesday in the trial of Dorcus Allen. Allen, 39, is charged as an accomplice with four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the Nov. 29, 2009, deaths of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards and Ronald Owens.

The four were gathered at a Parkland coffee shop when Clemmons walked in and gunned them down. Prosecutors contend Allen drove Clemmons to and from the vicinity of the shop knowing what his friend and employer intended to do.

Allen, also charged with four counts of second-degree murder in the case, has pleaded not guilty. He admits he drove Clemmons to a car wash near the coffee shop but claims he didn’t know Clemmons intended to kill cops that morning.

The trial began April 13.

A Seattle police officer shot Clemmons dead Dec. 1 following a manhunt unprecedented in state history.

Seven people were arrested and charged with various crimes in the aftermath of the massacre. Five have been convicted and sentenced to prison. One was acquitted.

Allen, the last of the seven to go to trial, is the only defendant charged with murder in the case.



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