New Details Revealed In The Karl Thompson Trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

New Details Revealed In The Karl Thompson Trial

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - New documents in the Karl Thompson trial show the government's expert video witness, Grant Fredericks, came forward but he did not testify in the trial.

He says Thompson may not have hit Otto Zehm with a baton and says the defense never knew he felt that way.

On Thursday the government submitted more paperwork that shows where and when the witness said Thompson did strike Zehm with a baton.

Right now the defense is asking for more time to respond.

We don't know yet whether there will be a new trial or if judges will sentence Thompson.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

SPOKANE, WASH. - The government has now responded to the defenses motion for a new trial or dismissal in the case of Karl Thompson. The defenses motion for a new trial largely centers around the prosecutions expert video witness Grant Fredericks. Fredericks says that Thompson's actions the night of the Otto Zehm encounter could have been a lot of things other than a baton swinging motion, but the defense says that's not what they were told.

The defense says they first learned of Fredericks belief that Thompson may not have struck Zehm with a baton when the witness himself (Fredericks) came forward with concerns quote "about whether his expert opinions and forensic video evidence were properly disclosed to the defense counsel." Fredericks feared "a miscarriage of justice occurred."

Shortly after four today, the government submitted their response. In a 37 page court document they suggested they acted in good faith, going on to say that Fredericks never said that baton strikes did not occur, but consistently said quote "a swinging motion of a baton is an entirely logical and appropriate interpretation of the video evidence."

The defense has until April 9th to respond to the prosecution and then it will eventually go back to Judge Fred Van Sickle to schedule a hearing. Thompson was originally supposed to be sentence on January 27th following his two convictions on November 2nd of last year for the use of excessive force and lying to investigators for his role in the death of Otto Zehm.

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE, WASH. - There is an update to a story we have been covering for more than six years, the case of former Spokane Police officer Karl Thompson.

Friday the prosecution will be submitting their response to the defense's motion for a new trial and their hope to dismiss the case entirely. The defense also wants a hearing or interviews on possible juror misconduct.

The defense received word at the beginning of the month that an alternate juror heard two fellow jurors discussing the case prior to deliberations. The defense now wants to interview those jurors, and if that's not possible they want a hearing about the alleged misconduct. In court documents submitted Friday, the government said there is no concrete evidence showing the juror's conversations biased the verdict, and beside that the government believes a conversation between jurors does not warrant a new trial.

After the trial in an e-mail to Defense Attorney Carl Oreskovich, an alternate juror wrote in part, "I was shocked to hear the news. I do not have the same opinion of my fellow jurors. I am sorry."

Fast forward to the beginning of March when a Court Security Officer from Yakima's William Douglas Courthouse said he ran into the same juror who wrote the e-mail after the verdict. The CSO said the alternate juror told him he (alternate juror) heard two female jurors discussing the case prior to deliberations. The defense says this affected Thompson's right to a fair trial. 

But the government responded Friday with eight pages of its own. One part cited the case United States v. Klee saying "jurors cannot be expected to stand mute throughout the course of an entire trial." It went onto say although it is improper for jurors to discuss a case prior to deliberations, this alone does not warrant the granting of a new trial or even an evidentiary hearing.

The government's full response (expected to be more than 45 pages) to the defense's motion for a new a trial or dismissal of the indictment is expected to come later Friday afternoon.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • NE W INFORMATION: High Drive brush fire believe to be human caused

    NE W INFORMATION: High Drive brush fire believe to be human caused

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:09 AM EDT2014-07-30 05:09:20 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday evening the Spokane Fire department announced they had a likely cause for the High Drive brush fire: humans. The fire broke out Monday afternoon about 3pm on the west side of Spokane's South Hill between Squelch Golf Course and High Drive. By 6pm it had grown to 30 acres and moved to within 75 yards of several homes on High Drive.
    >>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Tuesday evening the Spokane Fire department announced they had a likely cause for the High Drive brush fire: humans. The fire broke out Monday afternoon about 3pm on the west side of Spokane's South Hill between Squelch Golf Course and High Drive. By 6pm it had grown to 30 acres and moved to within 75 yards of several homes on High Drive.

    >>
  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.>>
  • 44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    44 Riverside homes destroyed or damaged in storm

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:46:53 GMT
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>
    RIVERSIDE, Wash. - Many families were still at the Red Cross Shelter set up at Riverside High School in Riverside this morning.An afternoon storm destroyed or damaged 44 of their homes and knocked down close to 100 trees in Riverside Village Mobile Home Park.Many residents said the storm looked like a tornado as it swept through their neighborhood.>>