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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Spokane lawyer and an investigator in a Utah murder case have been arrested for witness-tampering.
Two witnesses in the 21-year-old murder case allegedly told police that 46-year-old Richard Mauro, a lawyer, and 51-year-old Theodore Cilwick, an investigator, advised them NOT to talk to the authorities.
Spokane police say defense lawyers can advise a defendant to take the Fifth Amendment but can NOT tell that to a witness.
Mauro and Cilwick were taken into custody on Tuesday but were released yesterday on their own recognizance. A lawyer representing them says the arrest stems from a misunderstanding and denies they told the witnesses NOT to talk to police.
Mauro and Cilwick are working on behalf of 50-year-old Wade Garrett Maughan, who's charged with capital murder in the 1984 stabbing and beating death of Bradley Newell Perry, a 22-year-old convenience store clerk from Brigham City, Utah.
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