SPOKANE--Almost six months have passed since a jury convicted former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson of excessive force and lying in the Otto Zehm case and Thompson still hasn’t been sentenced.
At this point, the case hinges on a video expert who’s playing for both sides. Grant Fredericks is a retained government expert witness, but he says he has evidence that would help Karl Thompson.
Frederick’s was hired by the U.S. Attorney’s office as a witness and signed a confidentiality agreement. They used his video, but didn’t put him on the stand during the trial.
Now Fredericks has flip-flopped for the defense and says he has information that would help Thompson. His attorney says, “He believes there are relevant facts being kept from the court.”
The problem is Fredericks travels extensively and won’t be back in Spokane to address those issues until May 11th. The judge scheduled a phone conference for next Wednesday with all of the parties involved.
Thompson’s defense team continues to push for an acquittal or a new trial. The delays have kept him out of jail since his November 2nd conviction.
Judge Fred Van Sickle says he’s never seen anything quite like the Thompson case, calling the events that occurred after the trial “extraordinary.”