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Category: Zina Linnik


Tacoma: Outsider’s review of Tacoma Police’s investigation of Zina case expected today

An outside expert’s report on the Tacoma Police Department’s investigation of the Zina Linnik abduction and murder case four years ago is expected to be released today, city officials said.

The report by Mark Simpson, a retired Arlington, Tex., police sergeant-turned-consultant who specializes in investigative techniques for child abduction cases, is set to be discussed at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole at 3 p.m.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who spearheaded Simpson’s hiring for the third-party review, this morning declined to give advance details of the report’s findings, noting

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Appeals court denies murderer Adhahn’s request to correspond with his kids

The state Court of Appeals has upheld a Pierce County Superior Court judge’s ruling that prohibits Zina Linnik’s killer from contacting his children while they are minors.

The appellate court announced its decision in the case of State v. Terapon Adhahn today.

Adhahn had appealed a provision in his sentencing that prohibited his contacting his four children while they are under the age of 18. He argued that the provision was an unconstitutional infringement on his parenting rights and unnecessary to prevent harm to his children.

Appellate judges disagreed, pointing out that Adhahn pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping

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Records suggest Lakewood connection

Child Protective Services records obtained by the attorney representing the family of Zina Linnik, who was killed in 2007, shows his request for documents in the possession of the Lakewood Police department is not unreasonable.

In a story in today’s paper, attorney Tyler Firkins said his request for the documents was denied on the grounds it might jeopardize another homicide case. Lakewood Police Lt. Heidi Hoffman said Lakewood wasn’t involved in the 2004 referral and previous news coverage indicated it had been looked into by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Documents provided to the TNT, however, show

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Gregoire issues final recommendations on sex offenders

The Sex Offender Task Force – pulled together this summer after the kidnapping and slaying of Tacoma’s 12-year-old Zina Linnik allegedly by a sex offender, has finished its work and issued its report.

The task force made seven recommendations:

* DNA samples should be collected from all current and future registered sex offenders.

* State funding should be provided to assist local law enforcement in conducting in-person address verification of all registered sex offenders.

* Electronic monitoring should be used as a tool for monitoring sex offenders in appropriate circumstances.

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More from Gov. Gregoire’s sex offender recommendations

There’s a story out of Olympia this morning regarding Gov. Chris Gregoire’s four recommendations to the sex offender task force. (The task force is a result of this summer’s kidnapping and slaying of Tacoma’s Zina Linnik (pictured below) by a convicted sex offender.)

Chief among them is to ensure the DNA of every sex offender is on file with the state.

Here is the four recommendations and Gregoire’s explanation.

We need to ensure that we have on file DNA of every sex offender.

If we had a

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Questions and answers regarding the Zina Linnik case

News Tribune readers following the Zina Linnik case have raised several questions about police procedure, the subsequent search for Zina and Terapon Dang Adhahn, the man charged with causing her death. Adhahn is also charged with multiple rapes involving two other adolescent victims. Many of these questions have been answered in news stories, but readers who haven’t followed daily coverage will find them here as well. We’ll try to respond to additional questions through on this blog as they arise. (Go here for an archive of our news coverage.)

If you have questions or comments about this case, you can post a comment below or contact us.

- Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486;
– Randy McCarthy: 253-597-8277;

Q: Why did police wait 12 hours to issue the Amber Alert for Zina Linnik?

A: Because they thought they’d captured the kidnapping suspect in the first few hours after Linnik disappeared.

During a news conference July 13, after Linnik’s body was discovered, Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell explained that police were following "a very hot lead" on July 4, the night of Zina’s abduction.

The suspect detained by police that night drove a van similar to the one described by Zina’s father. Police questioned the suspect for several hours, and subjected him to a polygraph test, Ramsdell said. Eventually, police realized they had the wrong man, and issued the Amber Alert.

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Prosecutors to charge Adhahn with Zina’s murder today

We should find out about midday what authorities believe happened to Zina Linnik.

Prosecutors are scheduled to charge Terapon Dang Adhahn in the girl’s death about 1:30 p.m. An affidavit of probable cause will accompany the charging documents. That affidavit should spell out how authorities think Adhahn abducted the 12-year-old girl and how she died.

In addition, Prosecutor Gerry Horne has scheduled a news conference for about 2 p.m. I expect Horne to discuss whether his office will seek the death penalty for Adhahn or has plans to charge him with any other crimes.

Check the

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