UPDATE: Jury Finds Spokane Man Guilty Of Molesting Girl At Mall - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

UPDATE: Jury Finds Spokane Man Guilty Of Molesting Girl At Northtown Mall

Posted: Updated:
Richard Payne Richard Payne
UPDATE: 55-year-old Richard Payne was found guilty on Tuesday morning on the 3 felony charges he was on trial for. They include 1st degree child molestation and indecent exposure. The jury deliberated for only 3 hours before reaching a verdict.

After the verdict was read Payne's attorney, Dave Hearrean immediately asked the judge for a new trial. Payne and his attorney will have to file the proper paperwork to do so.

Hearrean will file an appeal, he says within 30 days. Hearrean said Payne's confession only came after detectives intimidated him and coerced him in to giving a statement. Hearrean also said that Payne did not get a fair trial because the jury got to hear about Payne's conviction in 2001 for sexually touching a 9 year old girl at a North Spokane store. Payne was convicted for that crime and spent more than 3 years in prison before registering as a level 3 sex offender.
 
Prosecutors argued that they believed Payne was dangerous and very likely to re-offend. During the trial Payne testified in his defense. Prosecutors called Payne's claims "ridiculous" after he stated he had no interest in the children at the Bumpers video arcade inside the Northtown mall where the incident occurred. Payne will likely face life in prison for Tuesdays conviction.

UPDATE: The jury in the Richard Payne trial has unanimously found him guilty of molesting a 5-year-old girl. Payne, who faces up to life in prison, molested a 5-year-old girl at Northtown mall in 2012.

UPDATE: The jury has reached a verdict in the Richard Payne molestation trial. It will be read at 11am. We have a crew in the courtroom. Keep checking back to this web channel for updates.

PREVIOUS STORY:

KHQ.COM - The Defense began it's case Monday morning in the trial of Richard Payne, the man accused of molesting a young girl at the video arcade inside the Northtown Mall. Payne defended himself by saying that he was at the video arcade in the mall because he had lost $1,500 early in the day at the Coeur d Alene Casino.

He told the jury that he was upset about losing so much money and was wandering the mall thinking about how he would tell his girlfriend. Payne stated multiple times that he did not seek contact with any children at the video arcade.  

The Prosecution disagrees and believes that the surveillance video shows that Payne entered the video arcade and approached the children and inappropriately touched the youngest.girl. It is the Prosecution's belief that the surveillance video also shows Payne zipping up his pants after the encounter.  

The jury will hear closing statements from both sides Monday afternoon and will begin deliberations. If convicted, Richard Payne could receive a life sentence.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

UPDATE: After the testimony of a 12-year-old girl, the state has rested its case against Richard Payne, the man police believe molested a girl at the Northtown Mall a year ago. The 12-year-old who testified was a witness for the state.

Payne is expected to testify sometime next week.

PREVIOUS STORY:

KHQ.COM - Prosecutors called several witnesses to the stand at the Spokane County Courthouse Wednesday as the trial for Richard Payne entered its third day.

Payne is accused of reaching up a 5-year-old girls's skirt and exposing his genitals at an arcade inside the Northtown Mall in June 2012, and is facing two counts of child molestation and one count of indecent exposure.

Spokane Police Detective Jerry Hensley interviewed Payne after identifying him in security video taken in the arcade. He testified Wednesday that when he first asked Payne about it, he replied, "I don't know what you're talking about."

But when Hensley told him about the video, he changed his story:

"He said he did touch the girl on the buttocks," Hensley testified. "He added he did not go to the mall intending to touch a child it was just an opportunity that presented itself."

This isn't the first time Payne has been facing similar charges.

Also on the stand Wednesday was a girl who says Payne molested her inside a 99 cent store in Spokane in 2001, when she was just 9 years old.

Her mother testified her two children were in the store with her that day, and her daughter was looking at something in a nearby aisle. She told the court she was only out of her sight for a minute or two when she came back trembling.

"I asked her, 'What was wrong?' and she pointed to a man who was exiting a store at that time and said, 'That man touched me.'"

Payne was held by a cashier for police and the girl identified him as the man who touched her.

He was convicted in the case.

Payne has pleaded not guilty to these new charges and is expected to take the stand in his own defense next week.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Fake school bus tries to pick up students in Michigan neighborhoods

    Fake school bus tries to pick up students in Michigan neighborhoods

    Friday, October 20 2017 1:08 AM EDT2017-10-20 05:08:30 GMT

    VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Michigan school district is warning parents that someone driving an unmarked school bus tried picking up children Thursday in several neighborhoods. Van Buren Public Schools quickly alerted parents about the incident. “Do not allow your students to approach any bus not clearly marked with Van Buren Public Schools on it,” reads the statement posted by Pam Johnson, administrative assistant to the superintendent. 

    More >>

    VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Michigan school district is warning parents that someone driving an unmarked school bus tried picking up children Thursday in several neighborhoods. Van Buren Public Schools quickly alerted parents about the incident. “Do not allow your students to approach any bus not clearly marked with Van Buren Public Schools on it,” reads the statement posted by Pam Johnson, administrative assistant to the superintendent. 

    More >>
  • School APProval: giving parents tools to keep up with kids social media use

    School APProval: giving parents tools to keep up with kids social media use

    Friday, October 20 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-10-20 04:17:40 GMT
    School APProval: giving parents tools to keep up with kids social media useSchool APProval: giving parents tools to keep up with kids social media use

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - After a series of threats at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, the school district is giving parents the tools necessary to keep up with their kids social media use.  With many instructional YouTube videos on popular apps, Smart Social is used by school districts across the country. Aside from the YouTube videos, the site ranks apps on a color scale: green is good, grey is in the middle, an red means kids should not have it.

    More >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - After a series of threats at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, the school district is giving parents the tools necessary to keep up with their kids social media use.  With many instructional YouTube videos on popular apps, Smart Social is used by school districts across the country. Aside from the YouTube videos, the site ranks apps on a color scale: green is good, grey is in the middle, an red means kids should not have it.

    More >>
  • Montana hunting group has beef with Arby's venison and elk sandwiches

    Montana hunting group has beef with Arby's venison and elk sandwiches

    Friday, October 20 2017 12:08 AM EDT2017-10-20 04:08:56 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. - A Montana hunting group has beef with a popular fast food restaurant chain. The Montana Wildlife Federation is asking Arby's to reconsider its rollout of limited edition venison and elk sandwiches, which is set to begin Saturday. The elk sandwiches are available at only three locations nationwide, one of which is in Billings. MWF's Executive Director Dave Chadwick explained their issue is with Arby's use of farm-raised 

    More >>

    BILLINGS, Mont. - A Montana hunting group has beef with a popular fast food restaurant chain. The Montana Wildlife Federation is asking Arby's to reconsider its rollout of limited edition venison and elk sandwiches, which is set to begin Saturday. The elk sandwiches are available at only three locations nationwide, one of which is in Billings. MWF's Executive Director Dave Chadwick explained their issue is with Arby's use of farm-raised 

    More >>