New trial date for 2 accused of helping Clemmons

A Pierce County judge agreed Wednesday to postpone the trial of two people alleged to have helped Maurice Clemmons after he killed four Lakewood police officers at a Parkland coffee shop.

Lawyers for Rickey Hinton and Quiana Williams told Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend they could not be adequately prepared to defend their clients on May 17, the date they were to go to trial.

Defense attorneys Philip Thornton and Kirk “Chip” Mosley previously had argued they’d be ready to go on the May date but said Wednesday the volume of evidence required more analysis. Prosecutors have turned over thousands of pages of police reports and other documents to the defense.

Arend postponed Hinton’s and Williams’ trial to September when three others alleged to have helped Clemmons also are scheduled to be tried.

Arend did not postpone the trial of Latanya Clemmons, who is charged with providing aid to Maurice Clemmons’ alleged getaway driver, Dorcus Allen, after the Nov. 29 shootings that killed Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens. Latanya Clemmons will go to trial May 17.

Also Wednesday, Arend reduced Williams’ bail to $75,000 from $150,000.

Mosley argued his client deserved a lower bail because Arend ruled recently that the multiple counts of rendering criminal assistance charged against the defendants should be considered a single crime. That means Williams’ maximum potential sentence would be reduced from 25 years to five years, he said.

Deputy prosecutor Steve Penner argued that the $150,000 bail was appropriate and pointed out that she already got a bail reduction when Arend previously lowered it from $1 million.