Split verdict in trial of Clemmons' 4 accused accomplices

Split verdict in trial of Clemmons' 4 accused accomplices
(From left) Ricky Hinton, Eddie Davis, Doug Davis and Letrecia Nelson

TACOMA, Wash. – The jury has reached a split verdict in the case of the four people accused of helping cop killer Maurice Clemmons. Only Ricky Hinton, Clemmons' half brother, was found not guilty on all counts.

Rickey Hinton, Eddie Lee Davis, Douglas Edward Davis and Letrecia Nelson were charged with rendering criminal assistance.

The jury found Nelson guilty of rendering criminal assistance and possession stolen firearm.

Eddie Davis was found guilty on three counts: rendering criminal assistance, possession stolen firearm and unlawful possession of firearm.

The jury found Douglas Davis not guilty of rendering criminal assistance, but was found guilty of possession of stolen firearm and unlawful possesion of firearm.

The jury found Hinton not guilty of rendering criminal assistance and concealing evidence. Members of the jury said there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said he was not disheartened even though two of the four defendants were found not guilty of rendering criminal assistance to Clemmons.

"They will still be held accountable, and we will still ask for the maximum sentences based on what they were found guilty of," he said. "The important thing is that five of the seven who assisted Maurice Clemmons have been held accountable, and we have one more left to try March of next year."

The four friends and relatives of Clemmons were accused of giving him medical care, clean clothes and transportation after he gunned down four officers in November 2009 in a Parkland coffee shop. Clemmons was killed two days later by a Seattle officer.

Clemmon's half-brother Hinton was accused of providing a getaway car for Clemmons, and erasing his cell phone calls.

His cousin, Eddie Davis was accused of driving Clemmons from the area and helping treat his wounds.

Clemmon's employee, Doug Davis, was accused of riding with Clemmons as he made his get away.

And Letrecia Nelson, Clemmons' aunt, was accused of treating his wounds, providing him a safe place to stay for a while, then lying to police.

Defense attorneys argued the four cowered in fear of Clemmons, who'd become a crazed man. They feared he'd do to them what he'd done to the officers if they didn't help him and stay quiet about it, the defense attorneys said.

"My client did not volunteer to tend to the wounds. Maurice Clemmons made those demands," said Nelson's attorney Keith McFie.

Kent Underwood, Davis' attorney, added, "What Doug did was out of fear, not with the intent to harbor or delay apprehension of Maurice Clemmons."

Not only did they keep quiet out of fear, they also claimed they didn't fully understand what Clemmons had done and that the police were looking for him.

But prosecutors said there's no way they didn't know, adding Clemmons boasted about what he'd done at the Forza coffee shop, and the family knew that he hated police with a passion.

"Remember that question: who would help Maurice Clemmons? Who did help Maurice clemmons? These defendants. And they're guilty," said Deputy Prosecutor Steven Penner.

Two others have already been convicted of criminal assistance, and the man accused of being Clemmons' getaway driver is scheduled for trial in June on four counts of aggravated murder.