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08-05-2005, 12:02 PM
From the Tri-City Herald August 5th, 2005
Now this is the type of attorney I would want!

Kennewick attorney arrested

This story was published Friday, August 5th, 2005

By Laurie Williams Herald assistant managing editor

A longtime Kennewick defense attorney was arrested Thursday afternoon when he tried to stop police from questioning his client about this week's double slaying.

Jim Egan said he was arrested, handcuffed and booked into the Benton County jail on charges he obstructed a police officer.

Egan said he was hired Thursday to represent Cameron O. Jones, 18, of Kennewick, whom police have questioned repeatedly about the shooting deaths of Jones' girlfriend, Danielle, and her mother Linda Moreno.

Police have insisted all week that Jones is not a suspect in the crime and that he's been cooperating with investigators. Egan said Jones was interrogated by police from 7 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday, when Jones was booked into the jail on probation violations and unrelated warrants.

Jones was again questioned briefly Wednesday by a probation officer and separately by police officers for a couple hours. Then Thursday, Jones was taken by police from the jail for questioning from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m.

During the questioning, Jones agreed to two polygraph tests and had given a DNA sample to investigators, said Egan.

About 2 p.m. Thursday, Egan said another lawyer contacted him on behalf of Jones' father, who wanted Egan to represent his son.

Egan said he called the jail and was told Jones was in the custody of Kennewick police. But when he called the police department, Egan said he was told they would not tell him Jones' location.

When Egan arrived at the police station in downtown Kennewick a short time later, Sgt. Randy Maynard and Deputy Prosecutor Scott Johnson told Egan he had no right to see Jones because Jones had not asked to speak with him.

As Maynard and Johnson opened a door to return to a secure area of the station, Egan said he began yelling, "Cameron Jones, Cameron Jones, your lawyer is here."

Egan said he yelled several times before Maynard arrested him, handcuffed his arms behind his back and had him taken to jail. Egan said he was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and then released without posting bail pending a court appearance.

Egan said he then returned to the Kennewick police station, where he was told Jones had been taken back to jail.

Egan said he returned to the jail, where he was allowed to talk with his client about 5:30 p.m.

Egan said he plans to fight the obstruction charge and possibly sue for false arrest.