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State to pay families of three Lakewood police officers killed by Maurice Clemmons $12.5 million

A Pierce County judge this morning approved a settlement between the families of three slain Lakewood police officers and the state Department of Corrections that calls for the state to pay the families $12.5 million.

Survivors of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officer Gregory Richards will received $5 million each under the terms of the settlement, said Tacoma attorney Lincoln Beauregard, who represented them. Survivors of officer Tina Griswold will receive $2.5 million, Beauregard said.

The three officers and colleague Ronald Owens were gunned down Nov. 29, 2009 in a Parkland coffee shop by convicted felon Maurice Clemmons. The families filed

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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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Jury selection begins today for trial of Clemmons’ associates

Jury selection is slated to begin this morning in the trial of three men and a woman accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he killed four Lakewood police officers last November.

Attorneys are expected to hand out a brief questionnaire to potential jurors and argue pretrial motions. Jury selection will continue next week, deputy prosecutor Steve Penner said.

Opening arguments could tentatively take place Nov. 8.

Prosecutors have charged Rickey Hinton, 47; Eddie Lee Davis, 21; Douglas Edward Davis, 23; and Clemmons’ aunt, 53-year-old Letrecia Nelson, with several counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance. The two Davises and Nelson

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Defense rests in Clemmons trial

The defense rested this morning in the LaTanya Clemmons trial.

Clemmons, who’s accused of helping the alleged getaway driver for cop killer Maurice Clemmons, did not take the stand in her defense.

The trial against LaTanya Clemmons began last week. She’s the first person to go to trial in connection with the Nov. 29 slaying of four Lakewood police officers in a Parkland coffee shop.

Closing arguments and instructions to the jury are scheduled to take place Monday.


Testimony resumes today in Clemmons trial

Testimony will resume this morning in the trial of LaTanya Clemmons, the first person to go to trial in connection with last November’s slaying of four Lakewood police officers.

Clemmons, the sister of cop killer Maurice Clemmons, is charged with rendering criminal assistance to Maurice Clemmons’ alleged getaway driver.

The trial started last week.

UPDATE: The state rested its case this morning after calling Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson and assistant police chief Mike Zaro to testify about the impact the crimes had on the community and the police department.

“It was very important to allay the fears of the

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Clemmons trial, day 4: Detective returns of the stand for questioning

Pierce County sheriff’s detective Tim Kobel returned to the stand this morning in the trial of Latanya Clemmons to be cross examined by defense attorney Helen Whitener.

Clemmons has been charged with four counts of rendering criminal assistance to the accused getaway driver in the Nov. 29 slaying of four Lakewood police officers.

This morning, Whitener asked Kobel a number of questions regarding two interviews he conducted with Latanya Clemmons – one on Dec. 1 and the second on Dec. 4.

Whitener pointed out on several occassions that Kobel did not verify some of the information that Clemmons

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Day 2 of Clemmons trial: Testimony focuses on alleged getaway truck

Testimony is continuing this morning in the trial of LaTanya Clemmons, who’s charged with assisting the alleged getaway driver of accused cop killer Maurice Clemmons. (Read about yesterday’s opening arguments and testimony here.)

Today, prosecutors began calling witnesses who saw the suspected getaway truck. They contend Dorcus Allen used the white pickup to drive Maurice Clemmons away from the Parkland Forza Coffee shop in the minutes after four Lakewood officers were killed the morning of Nov. 29.

The first witness Tuesday was Kirk Waage. He was at a nearby gas station when two baristas from the coffee shop pulled in

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UPDATED: Opening arguments, witnesses testify as first Clemmons trial begins

Opening statements were delivered and witnesses started testifying this morning in the first trial connected to the killing of four Lakewood police officers in November.

The killer’s sister, Latanya Clemmons, is on trial for four counts of rendering criminal assistance. Prosecutors alleged she provided aid to Maurice Clemmons’ getaway driver after the Nov. 29 shooting inside the Parkland Forza Coffee Co. shop.

Latanya Clemmons attorney contends that her client did not know that the alleged driver, Dorcus Allen, was wanted by police when she gave him money for a motel room and bus fare in the days after the

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