Two alleged accomplices of gunman in police slayings charged

TACOMA — Three men accused of helping Maurice Clemmons flee after the shooting deaths of four police officers at a suburban Tacoma coffee shop appeared in court Tuesday, hours after Clemmons was shot to death by police in Seattle.

Brothers Eddie Davis and Douglas Davis each pleaded not guilty to rendering criminal assistance, a felony. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff set bail at $700,000 for Eddie Davis and $500,000 for Douglas Davis.

Chushcoff also ordered a third man, Rickey Hinton, held pending a formal charge of rendering criminal assistance. Hinton’s bail was set at $2 million. All three men were to be assigned public defenders.

An ex-con suspected of acting as Clemmons’ getaway driver also was jailed Tuesday, and authorities said more arrests were likely for people suspected of helping Clemmons elude capture following Sunday morning’s fatal shooting. Police say Clemmons walked into a coffee shop in Parkland and killed four uniformed officers as they did paperwork on their laptops.

In court documents released Tuesday, prosecutor Mark Lindquist painted Hinton as the ringleader of Clemmons’ initial escape.

According to the documents, the Davises were at a home in the Auburn area Saturday night when Clemmons showed them and Hinton two handguns and said he was going to shoot police. Hinton, who identified himself as Clemmons’ half brother, lent Clemmons a white pickup truck that night.

The next day, court records said, Hinton was outside his house when Clemmons showed up on foot, saying he’d shot some police and suffered a gunshot wound.

Prosecutors allege that Hinton then woke the Davises and told them to use another car to get Clemmons out of the area. Hinton then allegedly gave his cell phone to a 12-year-old relative, telling the boy to start deleting Clemmons’ phone numbers from it.

The court documents also said Clemmons was later aided by at least two unnamed women, including his sister from the Algona area and a friend in Seattle who helped Clemmons clean and dress the gunshot wound to his abdomen and change clothes.

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