Taped jail calls lead to new charges
Detectives’ wives were threatened, authorities say
January 23, 2013
A man cleared by a jury last week of helping a friend after a Spokane Valley shooting faces new charges that he threatened to rape the lead detective’s wife.
Terrence D. Riley was found not guilty Friday of first-degree rendering criminal assistance to Jarrod E. Veilleux. Veilleux, 30, was accused of shooting a man outside the Oasis Tavern on Feb. 24, 2012, and Riley was charged with helping him flee. Veilleux was exonerated of charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault, but convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Riley, 33, wasn’t released from custody following the not-guilty verdict, however, because he faces a probation violation in Montana.
The same afternoon he was exonerated, Spokane County sheriff’s detectives recommended charges against Riley, claiming he threatened rape during tape-recorded phone calls from the jail.
Detective Doug Marske also recommended that Riley be charged with intimidating a witness into giving favorable testimony during the trial.
Riley appeared Tuesday before Superior Court Judge James Triplet. Defense attorney Timothy Note requested that a special prosecutor be assigned to the case because Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Dale Nagy was listed as a victim, presenting a conflict of interest. Triplet agreed and reset the first appearance for today.
Note also asked whether a special judge needed to be assigned to the case because of Nagy’s close association with sitting Spokane County Superior Court judges.
“I’ll see if the other judges will want to recuse themselves,” Triplet said.
According to charging documents, detectives legally recorded Riley speaking Nov. 13 by phone with a cousin in Montana about a witness in the upcoming trial. Riley directed his cousin to talk to the witness about being a snitch and to tell the witness, “They can’t make her say nothing, you know what I’m saying? And she needs to know that.”
Five days later, detectives recorded a phone call Riley placed from the jail to his brother. Both men were aware they were being recorded because the jail makes that known before someone accepts a call from an inmate.
Riley told his brother that unnamed “fellas” would sexually assault the wife of one or more sheriff’s detectives.
“I’ll join the fellas … with all their wives,” Riley said in that phone call.
Lead detective Kirk Keyser indicated “that he was in fear that his wife would be the victim of a rape,” Detective Marske wrote.
As for Nagy, he was ordered to disclose during the two-week trial that he had filed a lawsuit on behalf of his neighborhood homeowners association – a neighborhood that’s also home to an expert witness who testified during the trial.
As a result of identifying his address and neighborhood in front of Riley, “this causes him alarm and fear that he or his wife could be the victim of retaliation for his work as a public servant, specifically that his wife would be raped,” Marske wrote.