May 26, 2001 |
A black youth accused of assaulting a white man during Seattle's Feb. 27 Mardi Gras riot will not be charged with a hate crime. King County prosecutor Norm Maleng said that Khalid Adams' statement that he "most likely" kicked the man because he was white was not enough for a hate-crime prosecution. Adams, 17, was charged with joining a group of young men who were kicking the man on the ground. Prosecutors would have had to show that he joined the melee intending to target a white victim.
May 20, 2001 |
Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman has written a new true-crime book accusing Spokane police of bungling a murder investigation, an allegation they hotly deny. In "Murder in Spokane: Catching a Serial Killer," to be released Tuesday, Fuhrman contends that Robert L. Yates could have been caught two years earlier if police had relied less on technology and more on footwork and intuition. Yates, who confessed to killing 14 people, was arrested in April 2000.
April 26, 2001 |
A live-in caretaker in Everett has been charged with having her 13-year-old daughter and four other teenagers beat her client's son to death with baseball bats, then using her two younger children to help clean up the home. Barbara Marie Opel, 37, and her daughter's 17-year-old boyfriend, Jeffrey James Grote, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated first-degree murder in the death of Jerry Duane Heimann.
March 1, 2001
Two Los Angeles men are wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl in Spokane, Wash., last month. Spokane police believe Anthony Lawrence Wright, 27, and William Rolando Peralta, 22, returned to Southern California after the Feb. 9 shooting, in which a woman was also injured. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to their arrests, police said. Spokane Police Det.
January 7, 2001 |
A 16-year-old boy who confessed to shooting his parents and two siblings to death told authorities in Addy, Wash., that an argument with his father over household chores led to the slayings. William L. Lembcke was ordered held without bail in the deaths of his father, Robert H. Lembcke, 49, a self-employed logger; his mother, Diana, 43, who suffered from multiple sclerosis; his sister, Jolene, 18; and one of his brothers, Wesley, 12.
January 1, 2001 |
A body found in a shallow grave near the Tulalip Indian Reservation in northwest Washington was identified as a Russian mail-order bride who hadn't been seen since September. The woman's American husband of two years was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Anastasia Soloveva King, 20, was 39-year-old Indle King Jr.'s second mail-order bride, the Herald of Everett reported Saturday. Police were led to the body by an anonymous phone tip.