October 13, 2001 |
A federal prosecutor who also was a leading figure in the national gun control movement died early Friday after he was shot at his home, apparently with a gun fired through a window as he worked at his computer, authorities said. Thomas C. Wales, a white-collar crime prosecutor who had mobilized one of the nation's most far-reaching gun control initiative campaigns, died within hours of the 10:40 p.m. Thursday shooting.
August 28, 2001 |
A teenager was convicted of killing four members of his family and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. William Lembcke, 16, was convicted of four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the Dec. 23 shooting deaths of his parents, his sister, 18, and his brother, 11, at their home in Addy, about 50 miles north of Spokane. Jurors deliberated less than two hours. Stevens County Superior Court Judge Larry Kristianson called Lembcke "a monster" as he handed down the punishment.
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.