In a 2-1 decision, the Division 2 Court of Appeals has ruled that LaTanya Clemmons, sister of Lakewood Police shooter Maurice Clemmons, was wrongfully convicted of rendering criminal assistance. The search for Maurice led police to a home in Leschi, but Maurice was able to escape before officers bombarded the home with tear gas through the night.
LaTanya has served two years of her five-year term and was scheduled to be released next month due to good behavior as a non-violent offender. She was found guilty of helping Maurice’s convicted getaway driver Darcus Allen, but the judges ruled that it could not be proven LaTanya knew about Allen’s role.
While LaTanya Clemmons admitted to police that she drove Allen to a hotel and gave him money for a bus ride to Arkansas, prosecutors did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she did so to help him escape prosecution for murder, the appeals court ruled.
“We can easily infer from the above evidence that Maurice was capable of and did commit the four murders. We can also infer that Allen was with Maurice on the drive to the car wash and that he drove Maurice away from the car wash after the shootings. But this evidence does not prove that LaTanya knew Allen actively participated in the murders as an accomplice,” the appeals court judges said in their ruling.