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February 18, 2015 at 9:59 AM

SPD officer testifies about night her partner was killed by gunman

Seattle police Officer Britt Kelly said the car that pulled up next to her parked patrol car on the night of Oct. 31, 2009, was so close that she couldn’t open her door. “The next thing I remember is a very bright muzzle flash, a very loud noise and the smell of gunpowder so fierce…

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February 10, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Cop recalls ‘horrific’ shooting of SPD Officer Timothy Brenton

A veteran Seattle police officer paused to compose himself and wipe away tears Tuesday morning as he recounted seeing the massive wounds that Officer Tim Brenton sustained in a fatal ambush on Halloween night 2009. Like Brenton, Sgt. George Davisson was training a rookie officer the night when Brenton’s trainee, Officer Britt Sweeney, broadcast over the…

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February 4, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Witness recalls hearing gunshots that killed Seattle police officer

A woman who was  walking her dog on Halloween night 2009 took the witness stand on Wednesday afternoon, providing the first testimony about events that immediately preceded the fatal ambush of Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood. The trial of Christopher Monfort, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and is…

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October 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Jury selection begins for man accused of killing SPD officer

Jury selection is under way for the trial of Christopher Monfort, the man accused of killing Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton and wounding a second officer on Halloween night 2009. Monfort, 46, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He will be facing the death penalty if he’s convicted of the ambush slaying of Brenton. Dan Donohoe,…

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February 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Judge: State cannot seek death penalty against Christopher Monfort

A King County Superior Court judge on Friday tossed out the death penalty in the case against accused cop-killer Christopher Monfort, but ruled the case could proceed as a capital case so as not to delay his trial. Chief Criminal Judge Ronald Kessler ruled that King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg abused his discretion by conducting a…

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February 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Man accused of killing SPD officer to plead not guilty by reason of insanity

Lawyers representing the man accused of killing Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton and wounding a second officer on Halloween night in 2009 plan to pursue an insanity defense. Christopher Monfort’s lawyers have notified King County Superior Court that he will plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Monfort, 42, is facing the death penalty if he’s…

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October 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Jail guards’ union opposes TV for inmate accused of killing officer

The King County Corrections Guild (KCCG) has joined the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Police Officers’ Guild in opposing a decision by the King County Jail to place a TV in the cell of Christopher Monfort, who is accused of killing a Seattle officer and wounding his partner three years ago. The statement by Sgt. Doug…

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