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 better.

In a 9-0 decision, the state’s high court reversed Allen’s convictions, saying Penner misstated the law in his closing arguments by telling jurors they could convict Allen for what he should have known instead of for what he did know about Clemmons’ plans that Sunday.

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