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Pierce County jury convicts woman of murder for running over friend

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on June 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm with No Comments »
June 24, 2013 12:14 pm

A Pierce County jury has convicted a Tukwila woman of using her Chevrolet Tahoe to run down her friend on a Tacoma street 18 months ago.

Jurors found Denise Larkins, 35, guilty of both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the Dec. 16, 2011 death of Michelle Johnson. They returned their verdict Thursday after a trial that spanned two weeks.

Larkins is to be sentenced July 19.

Deputy prosecutors Phil Sorensen and Robert Yu argued during trial that Larkins ran down Johnson, 45, on purpose following an argument.

Defense attorney Mary K. High told jurors Larkins suffers from post -traumatic stress disorder  and was in the throes of an anxiety attack when she hit her friend and did not intentionally kill her.



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