Washington Supreme Court Weighs New Trial For Lakewood Cop Killer's Accomplice
The getaway driver in the murders of four Lakewood, Washington police officers is seeking a new trial. The case has made it to the Washington Supreme Court and on Tuesday, the justices heard arguments.
Darcus Allen, also known as Dorcus Allen, was convicted and sentenced to 420 years in prison as an accomplice to Maurice Clemmons, the Arkansas-parolee who murdered the four officers in a coffee shop in 2009. Clemmons was later shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. Prosecutors went after Allen who drove the getaway truck.
But Gregory Link, an attorney representing Allen, told the Supreme Court his client did not get a fair trial. One issue is that some of those attending the trial wore T-shirts commemorating the four officers.
“I think the T-shirt issue is particularly important to address. We’re not supposed to deliver messages from the gallery. That’s not what spectators are there for. That’s what not the right to a public trial guarantees,” Link said.
The lawyer for the prosecution countered there’s no evidence the jurors could even see the T-shirts. Allen also argues he deserves a new trial because of misstatements by the prosecutor during closing arguments.