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Lawyer for accused Clemmons helper says county is 'piling on'

The lawyer for one of the six people charged with helping cop-killer Maurice Clemmons or his alleged getaway driver contends prosecutors unfairly piled on charges against his client.

Defense attorney Kirk “Chip” Mosley of Tukwila filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss four of the five counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance against Quiana Maylea Williams, 26.

Williams, who pleaded not guilty, allegedly gave Clemmons a ride to Seattle after he shot four Lakewood police officers to death Nov. 29. She also helped him treat his wounds and allowed him to do laundry at her apartment, according to charging documents.

Clemmons, 37, shot and killed Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, and officers Tina Griswold, 40; Greg Richards, 42; and Ronald Owens, 37, at the Forza coffee shop in Parkland.

Prosecutors have charged Williams with a separate count for each action she allegedly took to help Clemmons that day.

Her alleged actions should be considered only one count, he argued in a motion filed in Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend’s courtroom.

Deputy prosecutors Stephen Penner and Kevin McCann hadn’t read Mosley’s pleading but said they anticipated defense attorneys might try such a tactic.

“We plan to fight against that,” Penner said outside court.

Mosley’s motion will be the subject of a hearing March 31. He told Penner outside that court he intends to seek another bail reduction for his client if Arend grants his motion.

Mosley successfully argued to have Williams’ bail reduced from $1 million to $150,000 earlier this month, but she has been unable to raise it and remains in jail.

Also on the docket March 31 will be a request by each defendant to be tried separately from all his or her co-defendants.

Charged with various counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance in the case are Eddie Lee Davis, 20; Douglas Edward Davis, 22; Rickey Hinton, 47; Letrecia Nelson, 53; and Latanya Clemmons, 34. All have pleaded not guilty.

Defense lawyers contend their clients can’t receive a fair trial if tried alongside each other.

The defense attorneys also will argue against the release of about 2,700 pages of police reports and other records tied to the case.

Several parties have made public records requests for some or all the information, Deputy Prosecutor Craig Adams told Arend. The News Tribune and The Seattle Times are among them.

Defense attorneys contend releasing the information would violate their clients’ rights to a fair trial by divulging information that might not be admissible at trial or could poison potential jurors against their clients.

Darcus Allen, the man charged with driving Clemmons to and from the coffee shop the day of the killings, also is arguing against the release of the information. Allen, 38, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated first-degree murder.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644

Adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com

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