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  • Getaway Driver/Buddy Of Lakewood POS Convicted


    By Jonathan Martin

    Seattle Times staff reporter

    TACOMA — A Pierce County jury on Thursday found Darcus Allen guilty of first-degree murder for acting as the getaway driver for Maurice Clemmons, who gunned down four Lakewood police officers in November 2009.

    Allen, 40, a former Arkansas prisonmate of Clemmons, was convicted of four counts of premeditated first-degree murder, charges that required prosecutors to show that he was in on Clemmons' plan. Allen had denied knowing that Clemmons planned to ambush police.

    Jurors had deliberated for about a week before returning the verdict.

    Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said he would seek four life sentences for Allen. He had earlier decided not to seek the death penalty.

    The jury found that Allen was not a major participant in the actual shooting, so he is not facing a mandatory life sentence. But because the jury found aggravating circumstances — for instance, that the victims were police officers — he could potentially face a life sentence for each conviction.

    Sentencing is set for June 17.

    Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said the verdict sends a message: "Murdering four police officers is a strike at the community, not just those officers."

    But Peter M***one, one of Allen's defense attorneys, said his client plans to appeal the verdict, which he called "a lynching."

    Allen is the last of several relatives and associates of Clemmons to be tried in connection with the shootings, the deadliest attack on law enforcement in Washington state history. Clemmons' sister, aunt, cousin, ex-girlfriend and former employee have been convicted of charges ranging from firearms possession to rendering criminal assistance. Clemmons' brother was acquitted.

    Allen drove Clemmons to and from the area near a Parkland coffee shop where the four Lakewood police officers were slain Nov. 29, 2009. Killed were Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens.

    Clemmons was wounded.

    Allen was arrested just hours after Clemmons was killed by a Seattle police officer, 40 hours after the officers were killed. He was arrested at a Federal Way hotel, preparing to take a bus to Arkansas.

    Among those who testified during the monthlong trial was Clemmons' niece Cicely Clemmons, who in a previous trial described a bizarre Thanksgiving dinner during which her uncle boasted that he had cut off a GPS bracelet to draw police to his door, resulting in, as Clemmons said: "Knock knock knock — boom." Allen was at the dinner.

    Allen arrived in Tacoma in the spring of 2009 to work for Clemmons' landscaping business and, according to police reports, import the drug ecstasy from Arkansas. Allen was a suspect in a 2009 bank robbery in Little Rock, and there was a warrant out for his arrest at the time of the Lakewood police shootings.

    Juror Inga Galtney, 65, of Tacoma, said sitting on Allen's jury and convicting him was "the hardest thing" she's ever done.

    She said on the first day of deliberations, seven jurors voted to convict Allen on all charges but four were unconvinced and one juror favored acquittal. Jurors then created a detailed timeline that zeroed in on the time that Allen dropped Clemmons off near the Forza coffee shop.

    Though Allen had claimed he'd parked at a carwash about a quarter-mile away and didn't know what Clemmons had planned, jurors determined that Allen must have dropped Clemmons off outside Forza for the timeline to work, she said.

    Allen "dropped him off behind or right nearby" the coffee shop, Galtney said of Clemmons. "No way [Clemmons] could have walked back [to the coffee shop] in the time" allowed for by Allen's version of events.

    Chrissy, the jury forewoman who declined to give her last name, said jurors convicted Allen because he should have known what Clemmons was going to do once inside the coffee shop.

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    It's a shame that he couldn't get the needle, but I'll take four consectuve life terms.
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  • #2
    I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.


    • #3
      That's great! I hope he dies in prison.


      • #4
        Great - so now the taxpayers get to feed, house, and provide medical care for this a**hole for the rest of his worthless life while he is seen as an "Assistant Hero Cop Killer" to the other prisoners...there should be some standard that if you are convicted of a crime where your punishment is 2 life sentences or more you automatically get the death penalty...
        Originally posted by RSGSRT
        We've reached a point where natural selection doesn't have a chance in hell of keeping up with the procreation of imbeciles.
        Why is it acceptable for you to be an idiot, but not acceptable for me to point it out?


        • #5
          Originally posted by JasperST View Post
          That's great! I hope he dies in prison.
          And preferably not from natural causes.
          This Space For Rent


          • #6
            Originally posted by Pogue Mahone View Post
            And preferably not from natural causes.
            Yes, I meant it in a short term way!


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