Morgan Junction murder trial of Lovett James Chambers set to begin Jan. 6

The trial of Lovett James Chambers aka Cidrick Mann is scheduled to get underway Jan. 6, 2014, according to court records almost 2 full years after the murder of Michael Travis Hood. According to the documents filed on Dec. 20 Chambers charge was changed from 1st degree murder to 2nd degree murder.

A pretrial hearing will be held in the case to be conducted in King County Superior Court.

The court documents said he will offer a self defense/PTSD defense and that his defenders will move to suppress evidence. Court documents list the defense attorneys as Ben Goldsmith and Lauren McLane of The Defender Association Division King County Dept. Of Public Defense.

Hood was shot, allegedly by Chambers, four times in the chest just outside the Feedback Lounge on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. His best friend Jamie Vause drove him to the senior rehab and residence Mt. St. Vincent believing it was a hospital.

Paramedics attempted to save his life but Hood died early on Sunday, Jan. 22.

If convicted, Chambers’ faces a minimum of 25 to 31.6 years in prison (with one count of first degree murder with a deadly weapon enhancement), according to prosecutors.

Chambers pleaded not guilty on February 8, 2012 and has been held on $5 million bail.

See the story about the crime here.

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