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Supreme Court speaks out for fair trials

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to let stand an egregious violation of a citizen's right to a fair trial. In a 7-1 ruling, the Supreme Court agreed with defense attorneys for Georgia death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster that prosecutors kept blacks off his jury, in clear...

Date: 05/30/2016 | Commentary

Jury finds Lake Stevens man guilty in son's self-shooting

LAKE STEVENS — A Lake Stevens man faces up to a year in jail for leaving a loaded gun within reach of his 3-year-old son. The boy climbed up on a bedroom dresser, retrieved his dad's pistol from the holster and

Date: 05/17/2016 | Local News

No confidence in state Auditor Troy Kelley

Few likely expected State Auditor Troy Kelley to resign his post following last month's news that a jury in federal court deadlocked on 14 counts related to charges of possession of stolen money, money laundering,...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Editorials

Jury deadlocks on key charges against state auditor Troy Kelley

TACOMA — The first Washington state official indicted in 35 years escaped conviction at his five-week federal fraud trial, but that doesn't mean others in state government are any happier that he remains in office."Unfortunately, the people of Washington state do...

Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest

Jury continues deliberating in state auditor trial

TACOMA — A federal jury in Tacoma continues trying to reach a verdict in the fraud trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Northwest

State Division 1 Court of Appeals judges hear cases in Everett

EVERETT — An inmate sentenced to life in prison for attacking a Monroe corrections officer once vowed that the fight for his freedom wasn't over.Nearly two years later, the battle was taken up on Jimi...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News

Fate of Lynnwood man in attack, arson case in jury’s hands

EVERETT — David Morgan repeatedly shook his head Monday as a Snohomish County deputy prosecutor tried to convince jurors that all evidence points to the Lynnwood man’s guilt in the 2014 attack on his ex-wife.

Date: 04/05/2016 | Local News

At Lynnwood man’s trial, ex-wife claims no memory of assault

EVERETT — Her back is covered in red, angry scars. So is her upper chest, left leg and shoulder. She's deaf in her right ear and has no senses of smell or taste. The muscles around her eyes give her problems.Brenda Welch, 46, doesn't have any memory of how she was so...

Date: 03/30/2016 | Local News

Trial delayed for man accused of attacking parents

EVERETT — Lawyers for a man accused of stabbing his parents and setting their Machias house on fire in January asked for more time to prepare for trial, including exploring the man's mental state at the time...

Date: 03/25/2016 | Local News

New trial starts for man accused of setting ex-wife on fire

EVERETT — A new trial is under way for a Lynnwood man accused of beating his ex-wife and setting her on fire to cover up the attack.Jury selection wrapped up Wednesday with lawyers giving opening statements in the afternoon. The trial is expected to last about three...

Date: 03/23/2016 | Local News

Woman who hired Troy Kelley’s company: He promised refunds

TACOMA — A title company worker who hired Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley’s former real estate services firm told jurors Wednesday that he promised to refund unused fees to borrowers — contrary to his claims at trial.

Date: 03/16/2016 | Local News

Prosecutors: Washington state auditor lied in prior business

TACOMA — Jurors got their first detailed look at the government’s case against indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on Tuesday, with prosecutors alleging that in his prior business life he lied to mortgage title companies to obtain and hide $3 million in other...

Date: 03/15/2016 | Northwest

Jury selection begins in trial of Washington state auditor

TACOMA — Jury selection began Monday in the case of indicted Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley, with a federal judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys whittling down the pool of candidates based on whether they’ve already made up their minds about the case or have health...

Date: 03/14/2016 | Local News

Charges stand against Lynnwood man accused of trying to kill ex-wife

EVERETT — A Snohomish County Superior Court judge Thursday declined to dismiss charges against a Lynnwood man accused of trying to kill his ex-wife in a fiery 2014 attack.Declaring a mistrial was...

Date: 03/10/2016 | Local News

Monroe woman acquitted of burning her own Snohomish salon

EVERETT — A Snohomish County jury acquitted a Monroe woman Friday of arson and attempted arson at her Snohomish tanning salon.

Date: 03/05/2016 | Local News

Serial rapist faces life sentence after verdict in Arlington groping

EVERETT — A serial rapist who terrorized teenage girls in south Snohomish County in the 1980s is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.A Snohomish County jury Monday convicted Robert Raethke of a sexually motivated assault that happened on a popular...

Date: 03/02/2016 | Local News

Mistrial declared in attempted murder case

EVERETT — A Snohomish County Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of a Lynnwood man accused of trying to kill his ex-wife and setting his house on fire to cover up the attack.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Local News

Mistrial declared for mom charged in son’s death by fire

OLYMPIA — A Thurston County judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a woman accused of leaving her 18-month-old son alone in a house where he died in a fire.

Date: 02/26/2016 | Northwest

Trial begins for Lynnwood man accused of burning ex-wife

EVERETT — David Morgan became visibly upset Wednesday as his attorney told jurors that the Lynnwood man saw his ex-wife on fire and he tried to get her out of the house.

Date: 02/24/2016 | Local News

34-year sentence for assault, driveby shooting in Arlington

ARLINGTON — An Arlington man was sentenced this week to more than 34 years in state prison for a shooting that took place last year.

Date: 02/20/2016 | Local News

$8 million to sisters abused in Whatcom County foster home

LAKE STEVENS — A Whatcom County jury awarded $8 million to two former Lake Stevens sisters who were sexually abused in foster care.

Date: 02/17/2016 | Local News

Mother found guilty of sex crimes involving daughter, 6

EVERETT — A Snohomish County jury took less than three hours Tuesday to convict a Marysville mother of more than a dozen sex crimes involving her 6-year-old daughter.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Local News

Reason and doubt

Viewpoints: The lessons from "Making a Murderer'

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary

Legacy of a Sultan murder

A modern theft is linked to a vintage crime

Date: 01/31/2016 | Local News

Ex-Seattle cop acquitted in sexual abuse case

EVERETT — A former Seattle police officer was acquitted Wednesday of molesting an ex-girlfriend’s daughter.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Local News

Man acquitted twice for child sex crimes is convicted in molestation of girl

EVERETT — A Port Townsend man twice acquitted of child sex crimes was convicted Wednesday of molesting a 3-year-old girl during a Thanksgiving dinner in 2013 in Stanwood.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Local News

Trial begins Monday in 2007 Carnation killings

SEATTLE — The trial begins Monday for Michele Anderson in the 2007 Christmas Eve killings in Carnation. Her former boyfriend is already serving six life sentences for the six deaths of Anderson’s family members.

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest

Jury selection in Richland begins in murder-for-hire case over oil deals

RICHLAND — Jury selection started Monday in the trial of a man accused of hiring a hit man to kill a Washington state businessman in a dispute over business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch.

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest

Man pleads guilty to charges related to heroin trafficking

EVERETT — The first witness took the stand and James Painter folded.

Date: 01/25/2016 | Local News

Tulalip man convicted of trying to strangle his ex-wife

SEATTLE — A Tulalip man was convicted of assault Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Local News

Jury selected for 2nd trial in 2007 Carnation family slayings

SEATTLE — The jury has been selected in the trial of a woman accused of killing six family members in her parents’ rural Carnation home on Christmas Eve 2007.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Northwest

Man gets 7 years for string of robberies, including home invasion

EVERETT — Brian Warnock terrorized an Everett couple and their 6-year-old grandson when he broke into their home in March.He wore gloves and a shirt wrapped around his face. Warnock, 30, demanded money and waved around a crowbar. He herded the couple and their grandson...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Local News

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

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