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Trial begins for accomplice to bride's killing

EVERETT - A trial is under way here for a man who admitted helping strangle a mail-order bride.

Daniel Larson is already serving a 20-year term after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for his part in the 2000 death of Anastasia King, 20, originally from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

But Larson broke his plea bargain and appealed his sentence.

With the plea bargain broken, Snohomish County prosecutors are going after Larson again on a first-degree murder charge.

Conviction on that count could increase his prison time.

King's husband, Indle King Jr., was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to a 29-year term.


Officers bitten trying to stop pit bull fight

A pair of Tacoma police officers shot and killed two dogs after they were bitten while trying to stop a dogfight.

The officers were helping a woman who was walking her pet dog Wednesday when it was attacked by two pit bulls on the loose.

One officer was bitten on the arm and the other on the leg. They used a Taser on one of the pit bulls, which has been impounded.

The officers shot and killed the other pit bull. And the woman's dog, perhaps because it was upset, also attacked an officer and was shot and killed.

The officers were treated at a hospital for their wounds.


Seven charged with marijuana growing

Seven people were arrested this week and charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

The arrests and charges are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the King County sheriff's office and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation unit.

Search warrants were served this week on a dozen different residences. That resulted in the seizure of more than 3,700 marijuana plants worth several million dollars.

During one arrest, agents found $191,000 in cash sealed in plastic inside a tin box in the trunk of a vehicle.

"This operation targeted a Canadian-based organization, responsible for manufacturing large scale quantities of marijuana for profit," said Rodney Benson, special agent in charge of the DEA Seattle field division. "The organization utilized homes in neighborhoods throughout King and Pierce counties, and was responsible for diverting power and utilities to facilitate their illegal endeavors, costing power companies and taxpayers hundreds and thousands of dollars."

The five men and two women were being held at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac pending detention hearings. They have been living in Puyallup, Auburn, Renton and Federal Way.

Client may have sold meth to his lawyer

A Tukwila lawyer defending a man on a drug charge in Seattle is now accused of trying to buy meth from his client.

The lawyer, Alan Mark Singer, 52, pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court last week and is free without bail awaiting trial.

According to court documents, the man facing the drug charge called King County deputies and told them his lawyer had asked to buy meth. The client agreed to wear a wire and testify against his lawyer.

Court documents alleged the lawyer paid $100 for meth in a deal early this month.