Getaway driver in Lakewood cop killings gets new trial

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Darcus Dewayne Allen

SEATTLE (AP) — The man who drove the get-away car for Maurice Clemmons, who fatally shot four Lakewood police officers in 2009, is headed back to trial.

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a prosecutor’s misconduct during the trial of Darcus Dewayne Allen negatively impacted the jury, so Allen should be tried again.

The justices overturned Allen’s aggravated murder convictions and his 420-year sentence.

Allen had claimed he didn’t know Clemmons planned to kill the officers when Allen drove him to a carwash in November 2009. Allen had gone into a minimart while Clemmons went into a coffee shop and shot the officers.

The high court said during Allen’s trial, the prosecutor repeatedly gave the jury an incorrect definition when describing whether Allen had “knowledge” of Clemmons’ plans

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  • Kenneth Briggs

    so now he is crying the blues , poor boy , even if your butt does 100 years you be doing good . that is whathappens when you have some one with you in a crime , know what the other person vis going to do also . sp shut up now do the time .

    • Paul Maggard

      that is the most ignorant thing I have heard know what someone else is going to do so basically be a mind reader other wise go to prison for 100 years news flash there is no mind readers so if you gave your buddy a ride and you stopped at the store he ran next door and murdered someone calmly comes back and you are suppose to know he just murdered someone

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