Elderly inmate denied clemency for his role in five Seattle murders

By | December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a closely split decision, the board that makes pardon recommendations to Gov. Chris Gregoire denied a request from a man who was present more than 30 years ago when five people were murdered in Seattle, including two small children who were shot execution-style in the head.

Henry Grisby and his friend Raymond Frazier went to an apartment in March 1978 to confront people whom Frazier believed sold him bad heroin. Frazier then shot Grisby and six people in the apartment, including a 5-year old boy and 3-year old girl who was hiding in a closet.

One survivor testified that it was Grisby who shot him. Grisby denied it, but both he and Frazier were sentenced to life without parole.

A polygraph test showing that Grisby was telling the truth prompted the former prosecutor in the case, Roy Howson, to make the highly unusual move of asking for Grisby’s clemency in 2006, which the state Clemency and Pardons Board denied.

On Friday, longtime appeals lawyer and Washington Supreme Court justice-elect Sheryl Gordon McCloud asked the board to reconsider.

Grisby is 72 and in poor health. He’s a role model and mentor to young inmates, including one who calls him “dad,” McCloud said.

“I don’t think anybody believes he poses a threat to anyone today,” McCloud said.


A big week ahead on TVW – here’s a look

By | June 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

This week, there’s quite a bit going on that you may want to know about. Here’s what TVW will be covering:

– This morning, we covered the Health Care Authority announcement on the Basic Health Plan. We’ll air that at 6 p.m.

– Also today, we’re covering the annual Washington High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Seattle 5th Ave. Theatre. We’re webcasting it live, and televising it Tuesday at 7 p.m.

– Tuesday we’ll be live with the Supreme Court at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Notable: Michael Morgan v. City of Federal Way and the Tacoma News Tribune Tuesday at 2:30.

– Wednesday we’re live with the state Board of Health from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – one item on the afternoon agenda is further discussion of the school health rule. (Details to come.)

– Wednesday on The Impact, Jennifer Huntley will interview HCA administrator Steve Hill on the increased Basic Health Plan premiums. Don’t miss The Impact at 7 and 10 p.m.

– Thursday we’re back at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with more live Supreme Court action. This time, oral arguments will feature Federal Way School District et al v. State of WA/Gov. Gregoire/Brad Owen/Terry Bergeson/Frank Chopp et al. That’s at 10 a.m. Don’t miss it!

– Thursday at 7 and 10 p.m. on Inside Olympia, Austin Jenkins will interview Ryan Crocker, Spokane Native, Whitman grad, and former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait.

– Also on Thursday, the Clemency and Pardons Board meets, we’ll tape it and air in its entirety Friday.

Throughout the week we’re televising events taped last week, including Transportation Commission’s tolling workshop, Board of Natural Resources, WA Policy Center’s health conference, Washington Research Council’s panel discussion on the economy with Dave Ross, and the Washington Economic Development Association’s “Focusing on the Future” Conference. Check here for times (or watch them all now online!).