Skip to comments.WA:Charges dropped against homeowner who killed teen
Posted on 03/13/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT by marktwain
A Clark County judge today dismissed all charges against a Vancouver homeowner who shot and killed an alleged car prowler in January 2013.
Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke dismissed a second-degree murder charge against Sean H. Doucette at the request of prosecutors.
This has had a very damaging impact on his life, Doucettes attorney, Steven Thayer, said Wednesday. He had to go to considerable expense to defend himself and to redeem himself, and essentially, he had to prove his innocence, which he has done.
Doucette shot and killed Iosif Dumitrash, 19, of Portland just before 4 a.m. Jan. 29, 2013, in the 14800 block of Northeast 33rd Street.
Doucette, an honorably discharged Marine, said that after getting off work from his job as a security guard, he returned home and saw Dumitrash breaking into a vehicle across the street, according to Thayer, Doucettes private defense attorney. Doucette said he confronted the man, the man attacked him, and he shot Dumitrash in self-defense, Thayer said. Doucette never made a statement to police, said Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein.
A witness in the case, neighbor Rachelle Ammons, originally told Vancouver police that Doucette and Dumitrash had engaged in a physical altercation, then separated, according to a probable cause affidavit by Vancouver police Detective John Ringo. Ammons said Dumitrash was beginning to walk away when Doucette shot him, according to the affidavit.
However, during a subsequent interview with Thayer, Ammons gave a different account of what happened that night. She said that, in fact, Doucette had shot Dumitrash in self-defense when Dumitrash charged at him, Klein wrote in a dismissal motion.
Ammons clarified that the deceased was the aggressor, that he was being vulgar, attacking Sean and going for his gun, Thayer said.
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:: Doucette never made a statement to police, said Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein. ::
In the running for the most intelligent American of the YEAR!
Most people do not realize how utterly destructive an arrest and charges can be, no matter how innocent they are or how frivolous the charges.
What a last name, “Dummy Trash”.
“A witness in the case, neighbor Rachelle Ammons, originally told Vancouver police that Doucette and Dumitrash had engaged in a physical altercation, then separated, according to a probable cause affidavit by Vancouver police Detective John Ringo. Ammons said Dumitrash was beginning to walk away when Doucette shot him, according to the affidavit.”
So, she’ll be tried for perjury and sued for...whatever the legal term is here?
Another candidate for being found floating face down in a pond.
Most self defense experts advise someone involved in a self defense shooting not to give a statement to police before talking to an attorney. For the same reason police officers are advised not to give a formal statment after a police action shooting until they have an opportunity to speak to an attorney or a union representative. (who is usually an attorney)
Unfortunately nothing will happen to her.
The lying bitch should be charged with knowingly giving a false statement under oath because of what she put in her original statement.
Bearing false witness against thy neighbor?
We dont know why her story changed, Klein said Wednesday. We charged it based on her original statement, and we dont know why it changed.
All we could do was step in and take the kids for most of the summer that it took him to get the bogus charges dismissed. Otherwise, the family would have been broken up courtesy of a court system who took the testimony of a proven serial liar more seriously than the proven work/family record of an amazing guy.
The homeowner did an act of public service and deserves a medal and parade for protecting us all from this criminal.
Yep. I am going to guess the little tart was also quite young, and perhaps a minor.
“Bearing false witness against thy neighbor?”
Too clear and direct for legalese.