Day Seven Of Officer Karl Thompson Trial Comes To An End
SPOKANE, Wash - Day seven of the criminal trial for Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson began with yet another witness taking the stand and saying that five years ago, Thompson struck Otto Zehm in the head with a baton, back in March of 2006.
Testimony this morning started with the continuation of Spokane Officer Tim Moses. He remained adamant that he felt intimidated by the government in 2009 when he first testified that Thompson gave him the information he passed on to EMT's the night Thompson struck Zehm in the head with a baton.
Next on the witness stand was Spokane Officer Sandy McIntyre, who also said she felt intimidated in prior testimonies, saying that she was threatened with obstruction of justice. At one point in her testimony, she broke down in tears saying all she wanted to do was tell the truth, and that she was scared because she has two kids to think of.
Karl Thompson is on trial for the use of excessive force and lying to investigators in the 2006 death of the 36-year-old Zehm. On March 18, 2006 Thompson entered a Zip Trip, at 1712 N. Division St., with information that Zehm may have robbed two women in a car using a nearby ATM. That information later proved to be false.
Federal prosecutors say Zehm entered the convenience store, which he routinely visited, to buy a soft drink and fast food. While inside the Zip Trip police beat, hog-tied, and tased Zehm. Zehm died two days later.
The prosecution has two more witnesses to call to the stand before it rests its case. That is expected to happen on Monday. The defense says it could be done by next Friday, including putting officer Thompson on the stand.
Thompson has always said he never struck Zehm over the head with his baton, but jurors have already heard a witness after witness contradict Thompson's version of events.
Court resumes in Yakima on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.
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