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August 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Relapsed addict gets 27 1/2 years in Bellevue aunt’s killing

A man who had pleaded guilty to bludgeoning his 72-year-old aunt to death during a relapse on drugs was sentenced Friday to 27 1/2  years in prison. The decades Mark Irwin will serve for second-degree murder come despite an appeal from his sister and brother-in-law, who asked King County Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff for the shortest…


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July 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Man charged with 2nd degree murder in cold case

A state prison inmate serving time for burglary and robbery was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder for fatally shooting a 23-year-old man in New Holly more than a decade ago. San Saeyang is accused of fatally shooting Boumma Khammanivong outside his New Holly apartment on Feb. 22, 2003, according to the Seattle Police Department. Khammanivong’s death…


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July 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Man arrested after fight at Sea-Tac Airport results in death

A fight Saturday over a piece of equipment at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport resulted in the death of one man and the arrest of a second, King County prosecutors said. According to an airport spokesman and documents filed in King County Superior Court, a 27-year old cargo service contract worker got into a dispute with an employee of Korean Air…


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July 1, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Amanda Knox’s ex-beau: Evidence points to my innocence

By FRANCES D’EMILIO  Associated Press ROME — Amanda Knox’s former Italian boyfriend said Tuesday the American student provided alibis for him that he will use to try to persuade Italy’s court of last resort to dismiss his conviction for the murder of her British roommate. Raffaele Sollecito hopes the Court of Cassation will rule he deserves…


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June 18, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Amanda Knox defense turns to Italy’s last resort court

The Associated Press Amanda Knox’s lawyers have formally asked Italy’s court of last resort to review the U.S. student’s appeals court conviction for the 2007 stabbing murder of her British roommate. Defense lawyer Luciano Ghirga told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the paperwork was submitted last week to the Court of Cassation, Italy’s highest criminal court. Knox’s…


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February 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

No death penalty in fatal Northwest crime-spree case

The Associated Press PORTLAND — The Justice Department says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided against seeking the death penalty for two people accused in a 2011 Northwest crime spree that left four dead, including a couple in Everett. The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed notice Friday in federal court and issued a statement, neither explaining the decision….


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February 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Man get 38 years for killing former Kentridge football star

A King County Superior Court judge sentenced Jorge Lizarraga to 38 years in prison this afternoon for the shooting death of Devin Topps, a popular 18-year-old Kentridge High School football star, outside a house party in Kent on Halloween 2010. Lizarraga, now 23, was found guilty of second-degree murder in December for Topps’ death, a charge that also carried a firearms enhancement. Topps was killed…


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January 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Suspect charged in JBLM soldier’s stabbing death

The Associated Press TACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor charged a Puyallup man with second-degree murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who intervened in a domestic-violence assault. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist also charged 29-year-old Chase Devyver with attempted murder and robbery in the assault Sunday on his girlfriend. Prosecutors say Devyver stabbed her outside their house and…


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January 9, 2014 at 5:13 AM

Defense says Knox, Sollecito were blamed to calm fears

Associated Press

Raffaele Sollecito, right, talks with his father Francesco Thursday in the Florence court where the younger Sollecito and Seattle's Amanda Knox are being retried in the stabbing death of Knox's former roommate, Meredith Kercher in Pergugia, Italy, in 2007, (AP Photo/Riccardo Sanesi, Lapresse)

Raffaele Sollecito, right, talks with his father Francesco Thursday in the Florence court where the younger Sollecito and Seattle’s Amanda Knox are being retried in the stabbing death of Knox’s former roommate, Meredith Kercher in Pergugia, Italy, in 2007, (AP Photo/Riccardo Sanesi, Lapresse)

FLORENCE, Italy —The defense lawyer for the former boyfriend of Seattle’s Amanda Knox told an appeals court Thursday that the young lovers were blamed by authorities for the murder of a British student to calm fears that a monster was loose in their Italian university town.

Defender Giulia Bongiorno said her client, Raffaele Sollecito, and Knox were identified as suspects by police in a “record” four days after the murder of Meredith Kercher in the central town of Perugia because authorities “did not want to think that a stranger, a monster, could have entered a house and murdered a student.”

Bongiorno said much of the evidence later used to convict the pair in their first trial — including the presumed murder weapon found in Sollecito’s kitchen drawer and a clasp that had been ripped from Kercher’s bra — had not even been gathered by investigators at that point.

Bongiorno, on the last day of closing arguments in the pair’s third trial, showed a court slides and videos in a bid to dismantle the prosecution’s case. Sollecito sat at her side.

Kercher, 21, was found murdered in her bedroom in the apartment she shared with Knox and two others on Nov. 2, 2007, having been sexually assaulted and stabbed.

Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox

Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox

In their first trial, Knox and Sollecito were sentenced to 26 years and 25 years, respectively, in proceedings that made headlines around the world.

Italy’s high court ordered the case back to trial after vacating their 2011 acquittals, blasting the appeals court’s handling of the case. While Sollecito, now 29, has attended several hearings, Knox, 26, remains in Seattle, where she returned a free woman after her acquittal.

A third man, Ivory Coast-born Rudy Hermann Guede, is serving a 16-year term in the case after being convicted in a separate trial.

Knox, in an interview published Thursday in the La Repubblica newspaper, said she didn’t return to face trial because she feared being jailed again.

“It was a difficult choice, because I would have wanted to come to Italy to speak directly to the judges,” Knox was quoted as saying.

She added that she hopes she can meet Kercher’s parents “after my innocence has been definitively confirmed.”


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