KHQ EXCLUSIVE: Convicted Spokane Killer Attacks Inmate In Washin - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

KHQ EXCLUSIVE: Convicted Spokane Killer Attacks Inmate In Washington State Penitentiary

Posted: Updated:
Justin Crenshaw is seen during his murder trial in 2010. Justin Crenshaw is seen during his murder trial in 2010.
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Convicted Murderer Sentenced To Life, No Parole

    Convicted Murderer Sentenced To Life, No Parole

    Thursday, August 5 2010 6:10 PM EDT2010-08-05 22:10:37 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. – The man convicted of murdering two young adults in 2008 and setting fire to the crime scene in hopes of destroying evidence was sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. – The man convicted of murdering two young adults in 2008 and setting fire to the crime scene in hopes of destroying evidence was sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole. Sarah Clark and Tanner Pehl were remembered as young adults with mounds of potential which will go unfulfilled because of their murders. Friends and family members testified for more than three hours about the effect the murders on other lives.>>
  • First on KHQ.Com: Jury Finds Crenshaw Guilty

    First on KHQ.Com: Jury Finds Crenshaw Guilty

    Wednesday, July 28 2010 4:13 AM EDT2010-07-28 08:13:46 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The jury has reached a verdict in the Justin Crenshaw murder trial. Jurors found the suspect guilty on two counts of 1st Degree Murder.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The jury has reached a verdict in the Justin Crenshaw murder trial. Jurors found the suspect guilty on two counts of 1st Degree Murder. The verdict comes just one day after closing arguments. Prosecutor Jack Driscoll told the jury Crenshaw "wanted to kill" Tanner Pehl and Sarah Clark. Driscoll pushed heavy on the pre-meditation, one of the requirements for first degree murder.
    >>
  • Crenshaw Case in the Hands of the Jury

    Crenshaw Case in the Hands of the Jury

    Monday, July 26 2010 9:37 PM EDT2010-07-27 01:37:37 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The jury in the Justin Crenshaw double murder trial has received the case.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The jury in the Justin Crenshaw double murder trial has received the case. Lawyers finished closing arguments just before 4 p.m. Monday and the jury is expected to start deliberating Tuesday morning. Crenshaw faces two charges of first degree murder with weapons enhancement charges. Prosecutor Jack Driscoll told the jury Crenshaw "wanted to kill" Tanner Pehl and Sarah Clark.>>
  • KHQ.Com Exclusive: Accused Local Killer Back in Court

    Accused Local Killer Back in Court

    Tuesday, June 8 2010 8:14 PM EDT2010-06-09 00:14:03 GMT
    (Photo From: KHQ Photographer Patrick Erickson, Tuesday June 8th)(Photo From: KHQ Photographer Patrick Erickson, Tuesday June 8th)
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two years after a Spokane man is accused of stabbing Sarah Clark and Tanner Pehl to death and then torching the home to cover the crime, Justin Crenshaw went back to court for his pre-trial hearing.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two years after a Spokane man is accused of stabbing Sarah Clark and Tanner Pehl to death and then torching the home to cover the crime, Justin Crenshaw went back to court for his pre-trial hearing. The prosecution raised concerns that Crenshaw refused to see a doctor they sent to examine him from Eastern State Hospital.>>
  • New documents say double homicide suspect left bloody fingerprint

    New documents say double homicide suspect left bloody fingerprint

    Wednesday, April 9 2008 6:55 PM EDT2008-04-09 23:55:51 GMT
    Sara ClarkSara Clark
    SPOKANE, Wash. - New court documents released in the Justin Crenshaw double murder case say the fire that destroyed the home started in the kitchen, before Crenshaw fled out the backdoor leaving a bloody print on the way.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - New court documents released in the Justin Crenshaw double murder case say the fire that destroyed the home was started in the kitchen, before Crenshaw fled through the backdoor leaving a bloody print on the way out.>>
  • 20-year-old arrested for double homicide in north Spokane fire

    20-year-old arrested for double homicide in north Spokane fire

    Friday, February 29 2008 12:05 PM EST2008-02-29 17:05:21 GMT
    NORTH SPOKANE, Wash.- Sheriff's major crimes detectives arrested a 20-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada man for the slayings of a man and woman in north Spokane County on Thursday. >>
    NORTH SPOKANE, Wash.- Sheriff's major crimes detectives arrested a 20-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada man for the slayings of a man and woman in north Spokane County on Thursday. Their bodies were found in a burning house on 512 east Elm. >>INSIDE: Video and information inside>>
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A man convicted of brutally murdering two people in 2008 put the Washington State Penitentiary on lockdown Tuesday morning after allegedly assaulting another inmate with a "sharpened weapon." 

The Washington State Penitentiary says the assault happened Tuesday morning in a common area of D Unit. Officials did not specify what exactly happened, but did say one inmate received "stab wounds" and a "sharpened weapon" was recovered. Officials also said Justin Crenshaw, the man convicted of killing Tanner Pehl and Sarah Clark  in 2008, was placed in the prison's segregation unit while law enforcement and prison staff investigated the incident. 

Prison officials would not comment any further, however one Spokane woman told KHQ on Tuesday that the man Crenshaw assaulted was her fiance. The woman, who only wanted to be identified as "Angie" said she was on the phone with her fiance, Justin Hoyt, when Justin Crenshaw came up behind Hoyt and tried to slit his throat. Angie said she heard the phone drop and heard her fiance struggling on the other end as Crenshaw attacked him. Prison officers were able to step in and break up the assault, but Angie said her fiance suffered 6 stab wounds to his neck, cuts all around his face, a broken nose and a broken cheek bone. Angie said after speaking with her fiance later in the day, she thinks Crenshaw was trying to decapitate her fiance. 

Angie told KHQ police said they will be seeking attempted murder charges against Crenshaw, but police have not yet confirmed that with KHQ. 

Crenshaw was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Clark and Pehl back in 2010. The bodies of Clark and Pehl were found in a fire damaged home in late February of 2008. The trial of Justin Crenshaw was delayed several times. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated first degree murder on July 27, 2010 and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Crenshaw's attorney at the time, Chris Bugbee, conceded during trial that his client killed Pehl and Clark, but Bugbee argued Crenshaw suffers from an alcohol disorder that makes him a violent person when he drinks.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: Monsters of ROCK Comes To Spokane In 1988!

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Monsters of ROCK Comes To Spokane In 1988!

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:10:48 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Throwback Thursday. 1988. Monsters of Rock. Joe Albi Stadium. Need we say more? One of the biggest rock and roll tours of the year made a stop in Spokane, bringing a number of notable bands including Van Halen, Metallica, Scorpions, Dokken and Kingdom Come.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Throwback Thursday. 1988. Monsters of Rock. Joe Albi Stadium. Need we say more? One of the biggest rock and roll tours of the year made a stop in Spokane, bringing a number of notable bands including Van Halen, Metallica, Scorpions, Dokken and Kingdom Come.
    >>
  • UPDATE: PHOTOS Of Sex Offenders Who Live In Kootenai County

    UPDATE: PHOTOS Of Sex Offenders Who Live In Kootenai County

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:50 AM EST2014-02-26 11:50:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Do you know who lives next to you, or in your neighborhood? KHQ has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to keep you updated on sex offenders that may be living close to you. The latest photos are from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office website. All of the offenders have served their time and are not wanted by authorities.>>
    KHQ.COM - Do you know who lives next to you, or in your neighborhood? KHQ has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to keep you updated on sex offenders that may be living close to you. The latest photos are from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office website.>>
  • LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:56:12 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Gruesome Murder Trial Continues In Spokane; Alex Rozier Reports

    Gruesome Murder Trial Continues In Spokane; Alex Rozier Reports

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:56:49 GMT
    SPOKANE, WA. – The murder trial for suspected killer Daniel Arteaga continued at the Spokane County Courthouse on Thursday as one of the lead investigators took the stand discussing evidence found the night of Kim Schmidt’s death. Arteaga is on trial for the murder of Schmidt, a 34 year old mother he dated for more than 6 years.>>
    SPOKANE, WA. – The murder trial for suspected killer Daniel Arteaga continued at the Spokane County Courthouse on Thursday as one of the lead investigators took the stand discussing evidence found the night of Kim Schmidt’s death. Arteaga is on trial for the murder of Schmidt, a 34 year old mother he dated for more than 6 years.>>
  • LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:56:12 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
  • STILL ON THE LOOSE: WSP Looks For Man Charged With 59 Counts Of Sexual Misconduct With Children

    STILL ON THE LOOSE: WSP Looks For Man Charged With 59 Counts Of Sexual Misconduct With Children

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:37:55 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Detectives in Minnesota believe a former cult leader who sexually abused young girls is now living in the Spokane Area. WSP is asking that you share any information you have that may lead to his arrest. MORE DETAILS INSIDE OF THE STORY>>>>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Detectives in Minnesota believe a former cult leader who sexually abused young girls is now living in the Spokane Area. WSP is asking that you share any information you have that may lead to his arrest. MORE DETAILS INSIDE OF THE STORY>>>
    >>