Clemmons case set for final arguments

SLAYINGS: Defense rests for 4 defendants

December 1, 2010 

Jurors hearing the trial of four people accused of helping Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers could get the case today.

Defense attorneys representing Rickey Hinton, Douglas Davis, Eddie Davis and Letrecia Nelson rested their cases Tuesday. Closing arguments are set to begin this morning.

The defendants are charged with various counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance and, in some cases, other crimes.

Pierce County prosecutors allege the four provided medical aid, transportation and other help to Clemmons after the Nov. 29, 2009, shootings of Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens at a Parkland coffee shop.

All the defendants pleaded not guilty.

The defense case began last week.

Douglas Davis’ attorney, Kent Underwood, called five witnesses on his client’s behalf. John O’Melveny, who represents Eddie Davis, recalled Tacoma police detective Jennifer Quilio, who previously testified, for some questions Tuesday morning.

Neither Philip Thornton, who represents Hinton, nor Keith MacFie, who represents Nelson, called any witnesses.

The trial began Nov. 8.

The defendants could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

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