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Man guilty in shooting spree that targeted police stations, officers

EVERETT — The Lake Stevens man responsible for last year's shooting spree that targeted police in three cities is facing decades behind bars when he is sentenced later this month.A Snohomish County jury on Thursday convicted Hans Hansen of

Date: 11/12/2015 | Local News

Jurors consider case of allegedly suicidal man who shot at police

EVERETT — Hans Hansen set out to kill police officers, wanting to cause "maximum damage" before bringing about the death he desired, according to prosecutors. But according to his attorney, Hansen was a sad, broken man who wanted only for officers to end his life, so...

Date: 11/10/2015 | Local News

Officer testifies in pursuit

Sergeant thought of his family the night he was shot

Date: 11/06/2015 | Local News

Jury gets case of former police sergeant accused of voyeurism

EVERETT — A former Monroe police sergeant was described as both a cunning manipulator and a well-meaning fool as lawyers made their final pitches Wednesday as his trial on sex crimes came to a close.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Local News

Tape calls ex-Monroe cop’s claims into question

EVERETT — A Snohomish County jury was told Tuesday about a video recording that raises questions about a former Monroe police sergeant’s insistence he had no sexual attraction to the teenaged babysitter he secretly filmed...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Local News

Trial under way for Umatilla man accused of triple homicide

KENNEWICK — The trial of a man accused of fatally shooting three people in a Benton County orchard, with opening statements slated for Wednesday.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Ex-cop testifies sexual relationship with girl started when she was 18

EVERETT — A former Monroe police sergeant spent much of Friday on the witness stand insisting there was nothing sexual about his hiding cameras in his bathroom in 2004 and secretly recording a 15-year-old babysitter while she undressed and used the shower.Carlos...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Local News

Jury convicts man in stabbing of pizza driver in Edmonds

EVERETT — A Snohomish County jury was convinced that a homeless man nearly killed a pizza delivery driver during a botched car prowl in January.Jurors late Thursday afternoon convicted Christopher Cowan of

Date: 10/30/2015 | Local News

Testimony begins in Granite Falls man’s shooting spree case

EVERETT — The Marysville patrol officer felt under siege.Bullets pierced his windshield.When he opened his door, the window was shattered by gunfire.When he flipped on a side spotlight to try to blind the shooter’s vision, it too was shot out.

Date: 10/28/2015 | Local News

Guilty verdict in 2014 stabbing death near Lynnwood

EVERETT — A Lynnwood man is looking at more than 20 years in prison after being convicted of murder Monday in a fatal stabbing last fall.A Snohomish County Superior Court jury found Encarnacion "EJ" Salas IV guilty of second-degree murder with a knife.

Date: 10/20/2015 | Local News

Jury deliberations continue in Lynnwood stabbing murder trial

EVERETT — Encarnacion “EJ” Salas IV was confused and angry when he stabbed and slashed his boyfriend to death last year, prosecutors said in court Friday.The victim, Jesus “Jesse” Cardenas Lopez, 34, wanted their relationship to become more intimate but Salas wasn’t ready.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Local News

Judge to decide future of sex crime case against ex-police sergeant

EVERETT — A Snohomish County judge was expected to rule Wednesday morning whether a prosecutor's review of emails between a divorce lawyer and a former Monroe police sergeant accused of sex crimes was a...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Local News

Timber company says it bears no responsibility in Oso mudslide

OSO — A timber company that over the years clear-cut and thinned trees above the hill that unleashed the Oso mudslide has asked a King County judge to spare it from being forced into court next year to fight claims that it is...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Father of high-school shooter guilty in gun-possession case

SEATTLE — Raymond Fryberg was found guilty Tuesday of illegally possessing the gun that his son used to shoot five friends at Marysville Pilchuck High School last year.A U.S. District Court jury convicted...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Local News

Trial of school shooter’s father to stay in Seattle

SEATTLE — The federal trial of the father of the teenager who fatally shot his friends and himself in a high school cafeteria last fall will start next Monday in Seattle, as planned, a judge said Wednesday in denying a request to move the trial out of the region.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News

This time DNA nails death row inmate

Last year, CNN's "Death Row Stories" ran an episode about a California woman convicted of first-degree murder and then freed when a federal judge overturned the verdict because prosecutors had withheld evidence. I had a few issues with the episode, in part because Gloria...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Jury convicts Colorado theater shooter

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was convicted Thursday in the chilling 2012 attack on defenseless moviegoers at a midnight Batman premiere after jurors swiftly rejected defense arguments that the former graduate student was insane and driven to murder by...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

Snohomish County jury: Violent sex offender to stay locked up

EVERETT — A convicted sex offender who has been confined to the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island since 1995 failed to convince a jury he is safe to be released.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Local News

Everett man to be sentenced for gun, drug convictions

Herald staffSEATTLE — An Everett man faces at least 15 years in federal prison after a jury this week convicted him of multiple gun and drug charges.Police in Snohomish County were investigating allegations that Seth Morgan, 33, was slinging dope. He was...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Local News

Retrial set for man convicted in Rachel Burkheimer killing

EVERETT — A man serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and killing of Rachel Burkheimer is back in the Snohomish County Jail and scheduled to be retried later this year.Burkheimer was shot to death in 2002 by a band of young criminals led by her ex-boyfriend, John...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Local News

Jury weighs death penalty for man accused of killing 6 in Carnation

SEATTLE — A jury has started deliberations to decide whether a man convicted of killing six members of a family in Carnation, Washington, should face the death penalty.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Northwest

Defendants in North Carolina motel deaths lawsuit want trial moved

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Some of the defendants in a lawsuit filed by the estate of a Washington state couple who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Boone motel two years ago want the case moved from Charlotte.

Date: 04/29/2015 | Northwest

Grand juror pleads guilty to violating secrecy rules

PORTLAND, Ore. — A woman who served on a federal grand jury in Portland, Oregon, has pleaded guilty for disclosing details of the secret proceedings, a crime rarely prosecuted.

Date: 04/29/2015 | Northwest

’Batman’ trial tries to look inside Colorado shooter’s mind

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers at a “Batman” premiere.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

Boston Marathon bomber’s lawyer urges jury to spare his life

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers urged a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

Judge says lawsuit against Everett in fatal accident can proceed

EVERETT — Lawyers for the city of Everett failed to convince a judge on Friday to toss out a lawsuit that in part blames faulty road design for a drunken crash that killed two people and injured two others in 2010.The

Date: 04/19/2015 | Local News

FBI overstated forensic hair matches

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Nation & World

Edmonds officer’s conviction upheld for sex with woman in his custody

EDMONDS — The state Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Edmonds police officer who was found guilty of having sex with a woman in his custody.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Local News

Despite hard work of many, jury’s verdict is unsatisfying

As a long-time resident of Lake Stevens, I was shocked and deeply troubled by the violence that occurred in my community that took the life of 15-year-old Molly Conley the night of June 1, 2013. My wife and I raised our two children here and enjoyed the safety, security and...

Date: 04/04/2015 | Commentary

Verdict disappoints family

Molly Conley's killer guilty of manslaughter, not murder

Date: 03/30/2015 | Local News

Convicted man in Carnation murders to testify in penalty phase

SEATTLE — A trial begins Tuesday to determine whether a man convicted of killing six members of Carnation family should be sentenced to death or life in prison.Joseph McEnroe was convicted last week of six counts of aggravated first-degree murder.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Northwest

‘Stalemated’ Molly Conley jury to return Monday

EVERETT — A Snohomish County jury on Friday claimed it had reached a verdict on all but one count in the murder trial of a former Boeing mechanic accused of killing 15-year-old Molly...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Local News

Molly Conley case to jury

Erick Walker is accused of going on a random shooting spree

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

Closing arguments expected Thursday in Molly Conley killing

EVERETT — Lawyers are expected to give closing arguments Thursday in the murder trial of a former Boeing mechanic accused of killing 15-year-old Molly Conley in a drive-by shooting.

Date: 03/25/2015 | Local News

Jurors deliberate in Carnation slayings trial

SEATTLE — The case of Joseph McEnroe is in the hands of a Seattle jury. McEnroe is accused along with his former girlfriend of killing six members of her family on Christmas Eve 2007.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest

Firearms expert testifies in Molly Conley murder trial

EVERETT — A jury likely will begin deliberations later this week in the trial of a Marysville man accused of killing 15-year-old Molly Conley.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Local News

Italy’s highest court to hear Amanda Knox appeal of guilty verdict

ROME — American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend expect to learn their fate Wednesday when Italy’s highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox’s British roommate. Several outcomes are possible, including confirmation of the verdicts, a new...

Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest

Video expert testifies in Molly Conley murder trial

EVERETT — A home surveillance camera likely captured Molly Conley minutes before she was shot to death along a rural Lake Stevens road in 2013.Prosecutors also allege that same camera recorded Erick Walker driving by minutes later and blocks away from where Molly, 15,...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News

Interview, discussions focus of drive-by shooting trial

EVERETT — The murder trial of a former Boeing mechanic accused of killing a 15-year-old Seattle girl is stretching into its second week.

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

Emotional start to trial

911 tapes begin trial in drive-by shooting death of girl

Date: 03/09/2015 | Local News

Drive-by shooting trial set to start

EVERETT — The murder trial for a Marysville man accused of killing a Seattle teenager is expected to begin next week.

Date: 03/07/2015 | Local News

28 1/2 years for killing wife

Prosecutors say Alan Smith went off the rails

Date: 03/05/2015 | Local News

New trial for man serving life in 2002 Burkheimer murder

EVERETT — Snohomish County prosecutors received word Wednesday that a man serving a life sentence for the 2002 killing of Rachel Burkheimer will get a new trial.The state Supreme Court declined to...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Local News

Jury selection begins in Lake Stevens shooting death of teen

EVERETT — Jury selection started Wednesday in the murder trial of a Marysville man accused of gunning down a 15-year-old girl in Lake Stevens.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Local News

Pot growers convicted on federal count in state where it’s legal

SPOKANE — Three people were found guilty Tuesday of growing marijuana, but they also were exonerated of more serious charges in a widely-watched federal drug case in a state where medical and recreational marijuana is legal.

Date: 03/03/2015 | Northwest

Judge unmoved by convicted killer’s complaints about his lawyers

EVERETT — A Bothell man convicted of killing his estranged wife failed to persuade a judge on Wednesday that he deserves new lawyers.

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

Convicted murderer wants new lawyers

EVERETT — A Bothell man convicted of murdering his estranged wife in 2013 is demanding new lawyers.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Local News

Oregon judge: Upskirt photos of teen at store not illegal

HILLSBORO, Ore. — An Oregon judge has ruled that a 61-year-old man did nothing illegal when he crouched in the aisle of a Target store and snapped photos up a 13-year-old’s skirt.It was lewd and appalling, but not outlawed, Washington County Judge Eric Butterfield said.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Northwest

Hung jury in Kitsap trial of man accused of killing baby

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of a man accused of shaking his infant daughter to death.A hung jury Thursday ended the trial of the Kingston man, Hector Francisco Saavedra Ruiz, 22. His re-trial has been scheduled for March 16.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Northwest

Guilty of murder

Bothell man convicted in brutal killing of his wife

Date: 02/04/2015 | Local News

Judge plans to issue verdict Wednesday in man's murder case

EVERETT — A Snohomish County judge plans Wednesday to announce her verdict in the trial of a Bothell man accused of beating, stabbing and drowning his estranged wife.Susann Smith's friends were heard saying Friday that they were grateful they wouldn't have to wait much...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Local News

Closing arguments expected Friday in murder trial of Bothell man

EVERETT — A Bothell man on trial for the killing of his estranged wife opted not to testify before both sides rested Thursday.

Date: 01/29/2015 | Local News

Witness says suspect confessed to him that he killed his wife

EVERETT — Alan Smith allegedly confessed to killing his wife to a man he barely knew and then had the man baptize him hours later.Wendell Morris Jr. testified Wednesday that Smith came to him for help in June 2013. The two had met at a church potluck a few weeks...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Local News

Beasties get $1.7M in Monster suit, want more

NEW YORK — The Beastie Boys want to force the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly $2.4 million in legal fees and costs so the rappers’ $1.7 million jury award is not dwarfed by expenses in a copyright violation case, lawyers say.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Entertainment

Trial starting for man accused of killing 6 at Carnation

SEATTLE — Opening arguments are scheduled Tuesday in Seattle for a man accused along with a woman of killing six members of her family on Christmas Eve 2007 at Carnation.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Northwest

Man accused of killing Seattle cop pleads not guilty

SEATTLE — A man accused of killing a Seattle police officer in an ambush on Halloween in 2009 was angry about what he saw as an increasing number of police-brutality cases, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

Date: 01/19/2015 | Northwest

4-year term possible for robbery conviction

EVERETT — A Marysville man is facing up to four years in prison for trying to shoplift alcohol from an Everett Safeway while armed with a pellet gun.

Date: 01/19/2015 | Local News

Prosecutors say alleged Russian hacker has money for lawyer

SEATTLE — After a federal judge on Thursday appointed a public defender to represent a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses, prosecutors filed a motion saying the man has plenty of assets to cover his defense, including piles of cash, expensive cars and property in...

Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest

Murder trial begins

Alan Smith is accused of meticulously planning to kill his wife

Date: 01/15/2015 | Local News

Judge to decide verdict in Bothell murder trial

EVERETT — A Bothell man accused of fatally beating, stabbing and drowning his estranged wife in 2013 has decided to let a judge decide his fate.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Local News

Judge: Girl can’t be blamed for her assault

ARLINGTON — A lawyer for a private Christian school and one of its teachers won’t be allowed to argue in court that a 14-year-old and her parents bear some responsibility for an inappropriate relationship between the girl and the school’s former principal.

Date: 01/09/2015 | Local News

Ex-Stanwood teacher who killed wife loses license

STANWOOD — A former Stanwood Middle School teacher had his professional license revoked in December, not long after he was convicted in the 2012 murder of his wife in Skagit County.William...

Date: 01/02/2015 | Local News

7 years later, Carnation killings trial to begin

SEATTLE — Seven years after six family members were killed in Carnation on Christmas Eve, a King County judge is nearly ready to begin hearing the case against one of the two people charged with six counts of aggravated first-degree murder.

Date: 12/27/2014 | Northwest

Justices undo sentences in Lakewood cop killings

OLYMPIA — The Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed gun convictions and exceptional sentences issued to two people who helped Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop in 2009.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Northwest

Similarities in shootings of NY, Seattle officers

SEATTLE— A motive cited in the weekend killing of two New York City police officers — a vendetta against law enforcement over perceived brutality — is similar to the charges against a man accused of shooting two Seattle police officers five years ago.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Northwest

Boyfriend-stabber spared long sentence

EVERETT — A 19-year-old woman who cut her boyfriend’s trachea with the knife he gave her for Christmas last year has been spared a lengthy prison sentence.

Date: 12/21/2014 | Local News

Shoreline woman ‘didn’t intend to cut her boyfriend’s throat’

EVERETT — Theirs was an imperfect romance.He ended up on an Everett convenience store floor, bleeding from a slice to his trachea. She ended up behind bars and now is on trial, accused of stabbing him with the knife he gave her for Christmas.

Date: 12/16/2014 | Local News

Jury deliberating in Seattle traffic shooting case

SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court jury started deliberating Wednesday in the murder trial of a man accused of a shooting at a Seattle intersection.

Date: 12/10/2014 | Northwest

Idaho rape trial begins after truant/confused jury pool delay

LEWISTON, Idaho — An Idaho rape trial that was delayed for months because dozens of potential jurors failed to show up in court is now underway.

Date: 12/02/2014 | Northwest

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