Man who allegedly drove gunman to area of slayings is charged

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2010

SEATTLE - Darcus Allen, the man who allegedly drove the killer of four Lakewood, Wash., police officers to the area where the Nov. 29 slayings occurred, was charged Tuesday with four counts of first-degree aggravated murder.

Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Allen, 38, who was being held without bail on a warrant from Arkansas while prosecutors examined his role in driving Maurice Clemmons in a pickup to and from a carwash two blocks from the coffee shop where Clemmons fatally shot the officers.

In an exchange of gunfire, one officer wounded Clemmons, 37, who eluded police for nearly two days until he was shot and killed Dec. 1 by a Seattle police officer.

Aggravated murder charges carry a potential for the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

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