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Tag: Lakewood police shooting

Dec.
17th

No death penalty for Maurice Clemmons’ suspected getaway driver

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced this afternoon he will not seek the death penalty for the man charged with giving Maurice Clemmons a ride to and from the vicinity of a Parkland coffee shop where Clemmons killed four Lakewood police officers last year.

Lindquist said he will seek life in prison without the possibility of release for Dorcus Allen, who is charged as an accomplice with four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the Nov. 29, 2009, deaths of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens.

“Given the law in Washington and Allen’s role

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Dec.
2nd

Jury starts deliberations in Clemmons case

Closing arguments have now concluded in the trial against four friends and relatives accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he killed four Lakewood police officers last year.

The jury now has the case, according to News Tribune courts reporter Adam Lynn.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Rickey Hinton, Eddie Davis, Douglas Davis and Letrecia Nelson with rendering criminal assistance and, in some cases, other crimes after they allegedly provided transportation, medical aid and other help to Clemmons on Nov. 29, 2009.

Closing arguments began Wednesday and concluded this morning. If convicted, each defendant faces up to five years

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Dec.
1st

Prosecutor: Defendants knowingly aided Lakewood cop killer Maurice Clemmons

Pierce County deputy prosecutor Kevin McCann delivered the state’s closing argument this morning in the trial of four people accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers last year.

McCann told jurors, who listened to more than three weeks of testimony, Rickey Hinton, Eddie Davis, Douglas Davis and Letrecia Nelson knew what Clemmons had done when they provided him with transportation, medical aid and other assistance Nov. 29, 2009.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand,” McCann said during his nearly 90-minute argument. “They knew what he had done.”

Clemmons shot and killed

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Dec.
1st

Closing arguments today in Clemmons’ case

Closing arguments are scheduled for this morning in the trial of three men and a woman accused of helping cop killer Maurice Clemmons last year.

The four – Rickey Hinton, Douglas Davis, Eddie Davis and Letrecia Nelson – are charged with providing medical aid, transportation and other help to Clemmons after he killed four Lakewood police officers in a Parkland coffee shop on the morning of Nov. 29, 2009.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged the defendants with rendering criminal assistance and, in some cases, other crimes.

The defendants are being tried together and, if convicted, face up to five

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Nov.
30th

Defense rests in trial of four people accused of helping cop killer; closing arguments set for Wednesday

Jurors hearing the case against four people accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers could get the case Wednesday.

Defense attorneys representing Rickey Hinton, Douglas Davis, Eddie Davis and Letrecia Nelson rested this morning. Closing arguments are set for Wednesday morning.

Douglas Davis’ attorney, Kent Underwood, called five witnesses on his client’s behalf. John O’Melveny, who represents Eddie Davis, recalled Tacoma police detective Jennifer Quilio for some questions this morning.

Neither Philip Thornton, who represents Hinton, nor Keith MacFie, who represents Nelson, called any witnesses.

The defendants are accused of providing medical aid, transportation

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Nov.
29th

Loved ones, officers, community members dedicate new memorial to Lakewood’s four fallen officers

Around 500 people gathered today outside the Lakewood Police Department to remember the lives of four officers killed a year ago today and to dedicate a new memorial in their honor.

Law enforcement officers, firefighters, local dignitaries and community members joined family members of Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Greg Richards at the morning dedication.

Renninger, Griswold, Owens and Richards were killed the morning of Nov. 29, 2009, at a Forza Coffee shop in Parkland. The four were getting drinks and something to eat at the start of their Sunday morning shift when

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Nov.
29th

UPDATED: Traffic, parking reminders for today’s memorial dedication in Lakewood

Just a few reminders about today’s 10 a.m. memorial dedication to four fallen officers at the Lakewood Police Department headquarters.

Lakewood Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 7 to 9 a.m. between the Clover Park Bus headquarters and the YMCA. The road will be completely closed from 9 a.m. to noon.

The public is invited to the event and encouraged to park behind the Target at Lakewood Towne Center, 5618 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. and get a free ride on a Pierce Transit Bus to the police station.  The bus service will be running every

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Nov.
8th

UPDATED: Trial under way for four Clemmons’ associates

UPDATE: Deputy prosecutor Stephen Penner this morning reminded a Pierce County jury it was nearly a year ago that a gunman shot four Lakewood police officers to death – an occasion he said was of a kind where people remembered where they were when they heard the news.

Penner reminded jurors of the fear that permeated the community as the shooter, Maurice Clemmons, remained on the loose for more than 40 hours after the shooting before being killed by a Seattle police officer.

He also reminded them that many people were in disbelief when they learned someone was helping Clemmons as he fled an army of law enforcement officers intent on tracking him down.

“We all wondered who would help this guy?” Penner said during his opening statement in the trial of four associates and relatives accused of aiding Clemmons in the aftermath of the massacre inside the Parkland Forza coffee shop.

“The answer is these defendants.”

Prosecutors have charged Clemmons’ half brother, Rickey Hinton, 47; Eddie Lee Davis, 21; Douglas Edward Davis, 23; and Letrecia Nelson, 53; with various counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance for allegedly helping Clemmons after the Nov. 29 shooting. The Davises and Nelson also face weapons charges.

They’ve all pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors contend the four knew Clemmons had shot Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Gregory Richards and Ronald Owens on Nov. 29 but helped him anyway.

Penner said Nelson, Clemmons’ aunt, told her daughter, “It ain’t right, but it’s family.”

Attorneys for Hinton and Douglas Davis said during their opening statements it’s wrong to portray their clients as cop haters who intended to delay Clemmons’ capture.

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