Jurors convict Whitman Co. man of murder during third trial


by KREM.com


Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 7:19 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A jury found a Whitman County man guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon during his third trial. Daniel Lazcano appeared to start crying following the verdict.

It was the third trial for Lazcano after the first two trials results in mistrials.
Lazcano's fiancée McKendree Rogers did not agree the verdict after two previous juries in Whitman County failed to reach a consensus.

“I just wish he could have been out forever.  He's not guilty,” Rogers said.

The first two trials happened in Whitman County.  Daniel Lazcano’s first two trials cost the court approximately $15,600 according to the Whitman County Superior Court Clerk’s Office. That cost includes the mileage reimbursement for the jurors and witnesses and each of the jurors’ daily pay of $10 among other fees for phone calls.

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Prosecutors said Daniel Lazcano and his brother Frank shot and killed Marcus Schur two years ago.

“It was murder plain and simple and frankly in Whitman County, we don't have many of those,” said Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy.  “I decided to put the resources in to bring this to trial a third time.”  

Frank Lazcano is serving 25 years in prison for first-degree murder. A judge declared a mistrial in Daniel Lazcano’s murder trial in February. A second mistrial was declared in the summer of 2013.

Authorities said they found the body of Marcus Schur in Whitman County’s Bonnie Lake in the winter of 2011. Investigators found the rifle used to murder Schur under the T.J. Meenach Bridge in Spokane in September. The Whitman County Sheriff said the investigation shows the brothers had a motive to kill Schur after he allegedly stole from their home.

“It's been stressful the last two years.  I'm glad it's done,” said the victim’s older brother David Cramer-Schur after the verdict Wednesday.

Daniel Lazcano’s attorney said he felt he presented stronger evidence in the trial and planed to appeal.