Website collecting donations for Gail Gerlach's legal fees

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.coM

KREM.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 4 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The man accused of shooting and killing a thief stealing his SUV will be in court next week for his arraignment.

In late May, the Spokane County Prosecutor said Gerlach will be charged with 1st Degree Manslaughter. The charge also included a deadly weapon enhancement.

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker told KREM 2 News that Gail Gerlach will not be booked until his arraignment. Lawyers said Gerlach’s arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in Judge James M. Triplet’s courtroom.

Gerlach shot 25-year-old Brendan Kaluza-Graham while he was stealing Gerlach's 1997 Chevrolet Suburban. The suspect died at the scene.

Gerlach’s wife launched a website to raise money for her husband’s legal fees. You can donate by clicking ‘here.’

More than 20 people have already donated online. The Gerlach’s hope to raise about $50,000.

The police report said Gerlach left his vehicle running in his driveway near Mission and Lee. Gerlach told police he saw the suspect pull out of his driveway. He followed Kaluza-Graham on foot and allegedly saw the suspect raise his arm. Gerlach said he fired when he thought he saw a gun.

The police report said the bullet shot through the SUV window, through a baby seat, through a headrest and finally into Kaluza-Graham.
 
Investigators did not recover any weapons from the car.

Gerlach does not have a criminal history and was legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Kaluza-Graham had several run-ins with the law before his death.  Police said they found two sets of shaved keys, a flashlight and a screw driver on his body. 

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