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December 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Pierce County man gets 25 years for 2009 slaying of cab driver

A 37-year-old Pierce County man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday for killing a cab driver five years ago. Jaycee Fuller was convicted in November of first-degree murder in the slaying of Mohamud Ahmed on March 8, 2009. Prosecutors told jurors that Fuller, who represented himself at trial, was motivated by financial desperation and…

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November 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Family remembers slain Port Orchard woman

The Associated Press PORT ORCHARD  — Family and friends are remembering Amber Coplin as a devoted mother who smiled constantly and could not be deterred when she set her mind to something. The 30-year-old Port Orchard woman was killed earlier this month in her apartment. Police say her boyfriend, 33-year-old David Kalac, strangled her and posted photos of…

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November 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

New charge filed in grisly Port Orchard homicide

David Kalac The Associated Press The man accused of killing his girlfriend and posting grisly photos of her body online is facing a new charge. Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson said authorities filed a probable-cause certificate Friday amending the charges against David Kalac from second-degree murder to first-degree murder. Wilson said that when Kalac was arrested in Oregon, documents were found…

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August 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Redmond man pleads not guilty to fatal stabbing of girl, 17

Daniel J. Haggart, 25, is arraigned in King County Superior Court on Wednesday. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times) A Redmond man pleaded not guilty this morning to first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old girl last month. Daniel J. Haggart, 25, is accused of stabbing an acquaintance, Cara A. Neil, 17, on July 18 outside…

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January 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Sex predator charged with 1980 murder of Bellevue woman

Bellevue police on Wednesday announced a 56-year-old sexual predator who is behind bars on McNeil Island has been charged with an unsolved rape and murder from 1980. Susan Barbara Lowe was 19 when she was strangled to death with pantyhose in the bedroom of her apartment. Michael Allan Halgren, 56, was recently linked to the cold case…

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November 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

3rd person charged in December slaying of North Seattle man

A third suspect in the Dec. 8 slaying of Navy veteran Frances “Patrick” Fleming inside his senior independent-living center in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood has been charged with first-degree murder. In August, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom charged two other suspects, Charles Jungbluth, of Lake Stevens, and Gilda Ramirez, of Seattle, with first-degree murder….

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October 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

McEnroe will be tried first for slayings of 6 in Carnation

A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that Joseph McEnroe, who is accused of killing a family of six in Carnation on Christmas Eve 2007, will be tried before his co-defendant ex-girlfriend. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell made the ruling last week during a pre-trial hearing. While McEnroe’s trial is scheduled to start in January, a trial…

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February 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Man sentenced to 27 years for killing Ballard clerk

A 19-year-old man was sentenced this afternoon to 27 1/2 years in prison for killing Ballard convenience-store clerk Manish Melwani during an armed robbery in July 2009. Elijah Hall’s defense had sought a sentence below the standard range of 27 1/2 to 35 years in prison, claiming Hall’s youth and traumatic upbringing were mitigating factors warranting leniency. But in her sentencing…

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