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Jury in Dorcus Allen trial deliberates for third full day with no verdict

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on May 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm with No Comments »
May 17, 2011 5:10 pm

The jury deliberating the aggravated first-degree murder case against cop killer Maurice Clemmons’ alleged getaway driver left the County-City Building this afternoon without rendering a verdict.

It was the third full day of deliberations for the jury, which got the case against Dorcus Allen late Thursday afternoon after hearing a month of testimony.

Allen, who is charged as an accomplice, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the Nov. 29, 2009 deaths of Lakewood Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Gregory Richards.

Clemmons shot the officers dead inside a Parkland coffee shop. Prosecutors contend Allen drove him to and from the area that day knowing his friend and employer intended to kill the officers.

Allen claims he didn’t know what Clemmons was going to do.

Jurors sent out three questions late today which indicate they may be having trouble agreeing on some aspects of the case. Superior Court Judge Frederick Fleming read the questions in open court, with Allen, his attorney and prosecutors present.

One was, “To establish a verdict, does the jury have to agree one way or the other on all instructions?”

Fleming and the lawyers agreed to tell the jury to refer back to the court’s instructions for answers.

It was the second time since they got the case that jurors sought clarifications or more information.

On Friday, they asked to listen to a recording of Allen’s interrogation by a Pierce County sheriff’s detective and to be able to tour the crime scene. Fleming allowed them to listen to the recording but denied their request to tour the crime scene.




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