Man accused of 2002 killing claims rights were violated - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man accused of 2002 killing claims rights were violated

Posted: Updated:
EVERETT, Wash. -

Lawyers for a man convicted in the 2002 killing of an 18-year-old woman are seeking a mistrial in the new trial proceedings, claiming their client's rights have been violated.
    
The Daily Herald of Everett reports that John Alan Whitaker's lawyers argued that their client's constitutional rights had been violated during questioning of one of the final witnesses in the three-week trial.
    
The judge on Friday declined to rule on the defense's motion for a mistrial until after she hear closing arguments.
    
The motion comes after prosecutors on Thursday asked if Whitaker had invoked his right to silence when being questioned by police, which defense attorneys say unfairly prejudiced jurors.
    
Whitaker was convicted of killing Rachel Burkheimer in 2002, but that conviction was overturned in 2013, granting him a new trial.
    
___
    
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 20-year-old man killed in crash near Rathdrum

    20-year-old man killed in crash near Rathdrum

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-10-17 00:49:00 GMT

    RATHDRUM, Idaho -  Idaho State Police have identified the man killed in a crash near Rathdrum Tuesday. Troopers responded to Chase Road, west of Rathdrum, around 1:15 p.m. Investigators say 20-year-old Brady Robert McPhail of Osburn, Idaho, was traveling eastbound in a white 2010 Buick Lucerne when he went into the westbound lane of traffic.

    >>

    RATHDRUM, Idaho -  Idaho State Police have identified the man killed in a crash near Rathdrum Tuesday. Troopers responded to Chase Road, west of Rathdrum, around 1:15 p.m. Investigators say 20-year-old Brady Robert McPhail of Osburn, Idaho, was traveling eastbound in a white 2010 Buick Lucerne when he went into the westbound lane of traffic.

    >>
  • Pennsylvania man dies in crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley

    Pennsylvania man dies in crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 3:12 AM EDT2018-10-17 07:12:28 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports one man has died and a woman is in the hospital after a crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley Tuesday night. Investigators say 26-year-old John L. Scott of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  was headed westbound on SR 290 east of Flora in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup when he crossed the center line into the oncoming lanes of traffic.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol reports one man has died and a woman is in the hospital after a crash at Trent and Barker in Spokane Valley Tuesday night. Investigators say 26-year-old John L. Scott of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  was headed westbound on SR 290 east of Flora in a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup when he crossed the center line into the oncoming lanes of traffic.

    >>
  • Idaho man hospitalized after being shot by elk-hunting partner

    Idaho man hospitalized after being shot by elk-hunting partner

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-10-16 21:45:59 GMT

    An Idaho man is in the hospital after being shot while elk hunting near Harrison, Idaho. On October 15, Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from a 31-year-old man who said he’d accidentally shot his hunting partner, 20-year-old Nicholas Christensen of Potlach, Idaho. The caller said Christensen had shot a bull elk and the pair separated to look for it. The older man shot at another elk, but instead hit his partner. 

    >>

    An Idaho man is in the hospital after being shot while elk hunting near Harrison, Idaho. On October 15, Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from a 31-year-old man who said he’d accidentally shot his hunting partner, 20-year-old Nicholas Christensen of Potlach, Idaho. The caller said Christensen had shot a bull elk and the pair separated to look for it. The older man shot at another elk, but instead hit his partner. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane City Council considering limits on Border Patrol

    Spokane City Council considering limits on Border Patrol

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-10-17 21:53:26 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane City Council is considering whether to limit federal agents from looking for people in non-public areas of city property who are living in the country illegally.    The ordinance would bar searches at non-public parts of the city's bus depot unless agents have a warrant. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane City Council is considering whether to limit federal agents from looking for people in non-public areas of city property who are living in the country illegally.    The ordinance would bar searches at non-public parts of the city's bus depot unless agents have a warrant. 

    >>
  • Houston emergency personnel rescue pony from storm drain

    Houston emergency personnel rescue pony from storm drain

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-10-17 21:44:39 GMT
    Houston Fire DepartmentHouston Fire Department

    HOUSTON (AP) - Emergency responders have rescued a pony that was found trapped in a storm drain in southwest Houston.    KPRC-TV reports firefighters sedated the pony during the rescue Wednesday afternoon amid cloudy conditions.

    >>

    HOUSTON (AP) - Emergency responders have rescued a pony that was found trapped in a storm drain in southwest Houston.    KPRC-TV reports firefighters sedated the pony during the rescue Wednesday afternoon amid cloudy conditions.

    >>
  • Runner praised for helping legally blind competitor who fell

    Runner praised for helping legally blind competitor who fell

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 5:28 PM EDT2018-10-17 21:28:41 GMT

    AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) - A New York high school cross-country athlete is being praised for stopping to help a vision-impaired runner who fell as they neared the finish line.    Syracuse.com reports that Cazenovia High School sophomore Jake Tobin only had about 320 yards (290 meters) to go in the boys junior varsity race during Saturday's race when Fairport High School senior Luke Fortner passed him.

    >>

    AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) - A New York high school cross-country athlete is being praised for stopping to help a vision-impaired runner who fell as they neared the finish line.    Syracuse.com reports that Cazenovia High School sophomore Jake Tobin only had about 320 yards (290 meters) to go in the boys junior varsity race during Saturday's race when Fairport High School senior Luke Fortner passed him.

    >>