NBC’s Dateline features plot to murder real estate agent

When a successful realtor is lured to a home showing, he is attacked and left for dead in what appears to be an attempted murder-for-hire. Investigators turn to his family and business partners to determine who might have been behind the plot. Then later… Detectives press Daniel Blizzard about his relationship with Adriana Mendez and …

Disturbing photos: Kids locked in filthy house

Police in Lake Stevens, Washington, have arrested a couple after finding three children cold, alone and locked inside a filthy house. Authorities were called to the home on January 31 after someone noticed the kids alone inside a dirty home, according to police. When police arrived, they found three children, ages 7, 3 and 11 …

Washington Supreme Court orders new trial for cop killer’s driver

Over and over during closing arguments in the aggravated murder trial of Dorcus D. Allen, deputy prosecutor Stephen Penner told jurors Allen “should have known” that his friend and employer, Maurice Clemmons, intended to kill four Lakewood police officers on Nov. 29, 2009. On Thursday, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled Penner should have known …

Yakima man convicted of murder-for-hire (photos/video)

YAKIMA, Wash. — As he did for much of his three-week trial for first-degree murder in the death of a Yakima real estate broker, Daniel Blizzard showed no emotion Tuesday when a jury found him guilty. Before an unusually silent courtroom, Yakima County Superior Judge Ruth Reukauf read the verdict and then polled each member …

Closing arguments presented in Blizzard murder trial

YAKIMA, Wash. — We are now waiting for a verdict in the Daniel Blizzard murder trial. The jury got the case Monday. But, jurors went home for the day without deciding whether Blizzard is guilty of murdering local realtor, Vern Holbrook. Prosecutor Alvin Guzman took the jury back to Vern Holbrook’s assault. “He hit him …

Closing Statements Delayed in Daniel Blizzard Trial

Closing statements are delayed in the Daniel Blizzard murder trial this afternoon. Statements from the prosecution and defense were expected to be heard, however, that was put on hold after a potential witness came forward with information. The witness, who was not identified, is Jill Taylor’s housing mate at the Yakima County Jail, and claimed …

Adriana Mendez Testifies in Blizzard Trial

Adriana Mendez testified before a jury today, claiming she had nothing to do with the plot to kill Vern Holbrook. However, the defense got their chance to speak to her today, and they believe otherwise. Mendez was one of four suspects accused of plotting the hit on Vern Holbrook last year. Mendez took the stand …