Defense lawyers outline plan in WA school shooting



PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Defense lawyers for a Bremerton, Wash., woman and her boyfriend who are accused of having a role in a classroom shooting that seriously wounded a third grade girl say they plan to seek dismissal of assault and unlawful firearm possession charges.

Douglas Bauer’s lawyer Wayne Fricke told the Kitsap Sun ( ) Wednesday that he’s “very confident that we will succeed.”

Jamie Chaffin’s 9-year-old son brought the .45-caliber handgun to Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton on Feb. 22. The gun discharged and wounded Amina Kocer-Bowman. She remains hospitalized in Seattle.

Both Chaffin and Bauer pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in Kitsap County Superior Court. They previously entered the same pleas in county district court.

Prosecutors contend that leaving guns unsecured in the couple’s home constituted an “extreme act of negligence.” The prosecutors’ assault case relies on the notion that the couple’s negligence caused the shooting.


Information from: Kitsap Sun,