TACOMA, Wash. - According to court documents released Wednesday, suspected police killer Maurice Clemmons told friends and family over Thanksgiving dinner, he planned to kill cops, he planned to kill children at a school, and he planned to kill as many people as he could in an intersection.
With the ex-convict suspected in the coffee-shop ambush killings of four police officers now dead, authorities focused on pursuing those who may have helped him escape and stay on the lam for two days amid a frantic manhunt.
Darcus D. Allen appeared in court Wednesday. Authorities accused Allen, who served time in an Arkansas prison with Clemmons, of helping him flee the scene of the shootings at the coffee shop in Parkland early Sunday - - a crime that might bring the same penalties as if he had pulled the trigger himself.
Allen pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail Wednesday after he was charged with being a fugitive. The prosecution is reviewing evidence to determine if any additional charges will be filed, including criminal assistance charges.
Investigators said Allen, who did time with Clemmons in an Arkansas prison, was the first among a network of friends and relatives who helped Clemmons avoid police during a frantic two-day manhunt that began when Clemmons walked into the Forza coffee house Sunday morning and shot to death four Lakewood police officers.
Prosecutors warned they might charge him with the more serious offense of being an accomplice to aggravated first-degree murder. Such a charge could make him liable to the same penalties as the shooter -- life without release, or execution.
We will prosecute everyone involved in this murder to the greatest extent possible, said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
Court papers filed Wednesday state that Allen eventually acknowledged to police that he drove Clemmons to the scene and noted that there were police cars parked at the coffee shop. He bought a cigar as he waited for him to return and then sped away when Clemmons climbed in the passenger side with a bullet in his abdomen, the papers state.
Allen told investigators that he quickly decided he wanted no part of what Clemmons had done and bailed out of the truck at the first intersection -- but investigators said that was a lie, contradicted by other evidence.
One of the officers managed to shoot Clemmons in the gut before dying, but with first aid, rides and money from his associates, Clemmons was able to survive two days on the run. He was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by a lone patrolman who encountered him on a South Seattle street.
Along with Allen, two women appeared in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday and were ordered held for 72 hours on $500,000 bail, bringing to six the number of people to make court appearances after being arrested for investigation of helping the killer.
For some reason, this guy has a pretty big support system, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said Wednesday. That's not right. You're putting yourself up against society, the justice system and the cops.
Two women Clemmons' 52-year-old aunt and a 26-year-old female friend also appeared in court Wednesday. Police say the aunt drove Clemmons around in the hours after the shooting. They say the friend bought gauze and peroxide for the gunshot wound Clemmons suffered at the coffee shop. She also apparently washed his bloody clothes.
Prosecutors say, if the women knew what Clemmons did and didn't call police, they could end up spending five years in prison.
Three other people appeared Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court. Two brothers, Eddie Lee Davis and Douglas Edward Davis, are charged with rendering criminal assistance. A third man, Clemmons half-brother Rickey Hinton, was ordered held pending charges.
For some reason, this guy has a pretty big support system, whether from friends, family followers, said Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Troyer.
It was not entirely clear where Clemmons was while on the run. But authorities believe he visited locations in Seattle, Pacific and Auburn in the hours after the ambush in the Tacoma suburb of Parkland, according to Pierce County documents filed in the case against Eddie Lee Davis, one of those charged with rendering assistance.
On Sunday, Clemmons briefly took refuge at a house in Seattle s well-to-do Leschi neighborhood, slipping away before police surrounded the home in an all-night siege that ended when SWAT officers stormed the place and realized he wasn t there.
Before Clemmons arrived at the Seattle house, a woman described by police as a friend bought medical supplies for him and helped treat the gunshot wound. Clemmons also washed and dried a load of laundry at her house, according to court documents.
Clemmons has a violent, erratic past, and authorities in Washington state and Arkansas where then-Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2000 commuted his 108-year prison sentence for armed robbery and other offenses are facing tough questions about why an apparently violent and deranged man was out on the street.
In a statement posted on the conservative Newsmax.com Web site, Huckabee said: I take full responsibility for my actions of nine years ago. I acted on the facts presented to me in 2000. If I could have possibly known what Clemmons would do nine years later, I obviously would have made a different decision. But if the same file was presented to me today, I would have likely made the same decision.
Court documents say police first suspected Clemmons after finding an abandoned pickup truck registered to a business address of his. A truck matching that description was seen fleeing the ambush scene by the baristas who witnessed the start of the attack.
The only motive that we have is he decided he was going to go kill police officers, Troyer said. Investigators also reported that Clemmons told others the night before the shooting that he was going to kill police and they should watch the news, but they wrote it off as crazy-talk.
At the time of his arrest in Washington state earlier this year, investigators said Clemmons had visions that he was Jesus Christ and that the world was on the verge of the apocalypse.
He also told the officer that President Obama and LeBron James are his brothers and Oprah Winfrey is his sister, and referred to himself as the beast, according to court papers obtained by The News Tribune of Tacoma.
A psychological evaluation in October found he was a risk to public safety, but not enough of one to justify committing him, the newspaper reported.