Crenshaw could face death; prosecutors up charges

Apr 4, 2008 Full story: KREM-TV Spokane 178

Spokane County Prosecutors have attached aggravating factors to charges against a 20-year-old man as he faces double murder charges for killing in late February. via KREM-TV Spokane

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a friend

Staunton, VA

#1 Apr 9, 2008
I feel for the familys in this case they are all going thru hell the familys who lost there loved ones and the accused whose family must be going thru hell themselfs. Justin who doesn't remember a thing and the evidance they have against him from what I've read is't much . The death penality show be taken off the table if and I sat if he did this crime he would need help what good is it to kill another person . I am a mother myself and i would hope I would believe in somesort of not forgiveness but understanding that life in prison or mental hospital would be maybe better if Justin did this horrible act he would spend the rest of his life thinking of this. That would be punishment enough. I have read that there were alot of people in and out of the house could there of been someone else there and justin ran who knows will we ever really know. I pray that all of the horrible things will come out in the months to come. I pray that the familys will heal as best as they can you should never lose a child let alone to a tragic death that these two suffered. then to the family of the accused I pray there is someone else out there who did this.
Maureen

AOL

#2 Apr 18, 2008
The problem "friend", is that this isn't the first time this a-hole has done this. His fingerprints were at the scene, he has been caught in a web of lies already and he has a history of this behavior. I too feel compassion for crenshaw's family...especially Nikki who lost her best friend at the hands of her heroin addicted "brother". How sad is that? I guess 18 months wasn't long enough. Maybe life without parole will keep society safe from this homicidal maniac.
a friend

Staunton, VA

#3 Apr 22, 2008
i understand where you are coming from but we do not know the whole story yet when we do than we can understand and know what really happened. Justin hadn't done heroin in quite a while he was trying to get his life in order my heart goes out to nikki she is stuck griving her best friend and her brother and the poor family's in all this . the 18 months was in neveada who always just put people away and don't bother to help that is sad in itself i do no there were reasons for that act he did when he was a kid . I guess these kids as are kids and it is so very tragic on all sides you have two familys who lost there children and i pray we find out why . I also pray that nikki can be happy and learn to live again and maybe go for a few hours without thinking of this. the poor family's in all of this need some peace. I trully believe that Justin does have a side to him that is sweet and kind but i also no that if there are drugs and drinking who knows what he'd do and if it is proven he did this I guess we no!!! If he gets life and is guilty then he derserves it if there is a medicail reason a mental instution would be better. but know matter what we can't take back what was lost i wish we could and I hope the truth will come out . I am trying to look at both sides and I go cazey thinking of the horror of all this . So just pray that the proper steps are taken to help everyone.
Maureen: I really do understand how you are feeling I feel the same way but I have my love for a little boy who I remember and I need to come to grips with this myself sometimes reading other peoples comment helps good bad or indiffrent. I'll check back here and maybe you can look at my side a little I am a mother and I really don't know how I would react I hope i could pray for everyone including the person who did this .
Maureen

AOL

#4 Apr 23, 2008
The damages from heroine are permanent. Crenshaw HAD to have known that when he CHOSE to do the drugs. A friend of his here has said his heroine addiction was an "everday thing". I am sure you are struggling with how the sweet young man you knew could do such a thing. I do feel sorry for you as well as Nikki and her Aunt. What a heavy burden they are bearing and probably will for the rest of their lives.

I don't care what Nevada's policy is regarding "rehabilitation" etc...What I do care about is that he was given a second chance the day he walked out of his cell in Vegas and blew it..BIG TIME. That should be the end of the story once he is found guilty of these two BRUTAL BRUTAL deaths. I pray he gets life without parole. He can think of the terror in their faces and their screams for mercy EVERY MINUTE OF HIS WAKING NATURAL LIFE. Society is not safe from him. Plain and simple. That is the primary function of our government...to provide for the safety of its people...not healthcare, not welfare, not even education...but to protect the dollar and protect its citizens from enemies "abroad and within". Nevada failed and failed miserably. Washington State won't make that same mistake, God willing.

Friend, I too am a mother. My children have grown up with one of the victims' families...including the victim. The details that have not been released yet are the most gruesome in nature. I miss that victim. Please don't try to make justin crenshaw out to be the victim. He's not. He's the perp. Did you know the knife he plunged so far into one of the victim's chest that it went through his chest, through the floor underneath him and took two detectives to remove it? Oh and there's plenty more. Crenshaw was very methodical and did a GREAT job of cleaning himself up at Gabe's apartment. But not bright enough to beat forensics.

If you have any say at all, encourage him to plead guilty to first degree homicide 2 counts...Spare these families the details of a trial and let them move forward. You're right..the thing they want most will never happen. Their children will NEVER get married, have babies, go to college etc...For once in his life, tell him to DO THE RIGHT THING.
Maureen

AOL

#5 Apr 23, 2008
One more thing, friend. It sounds to me like Justin had a large circle of family and friends that wanted to help him. Charlotte, Nikki probably even yourself. He CHOSE not to accept the gift of a second chance. My heart aches for those that reached out to him but he CHOSE to ignore. There is a reason he is being charged as an adult...because he IS one. Whatever happened in that house that night didn't have to happen. Justin MADE it happen. My kids and I have to drive by that house whenever we leave our subdivision practically. Do you know what that's like? What do I say to my 16 year old son who was a good friend of Sarah's when he says "Oh my God mom...please tell me that the stains on the carpet they're taking out isn't Sarah's...please Mom?...Nobody could bleed that much!" Again. I beg of you. If you have the ability to spare these families anymore of these details, please..please do so. I and many others would be eternally greatful if these families didn't have to go through a trial.
a friend

Staunton, VA

#6 Apr 27, 2008
hi maureen i'm really glad to hear from you my heart aches for every one everyday there isn't one hour that goes bye that i don't think of this i can't even begin to know how nikki is feeling so torn not believing not understanding because thats how i feel. I met nikki twice when she was just a baby and then about 5 or6 years later I have a picture which is on my daughter wall they were all together my daughter,justin, my stepson, nikki and justins baby brother. I haven't seen her since . the last time I saw justin he was in my home for my mothers fathers and brother funeral . that was two years ago. it is so hard to let him go and not remember the boy I new and I no that I will never be able to look at him if i ever see him again i still pray that this is all a dream and everyone will be back and happy but i no thats not going to happenI thank you for not judging me in my feelings i also thank you that you don't want him to be put to death or maybe you do I relize that if the courts don't do someting and he gets off you are right he may do something again and i could never forgive myself if that happen .I wish I new what they have on him I am so far away and I don't talk to most of the family involved thats why i moved here i couldnt handle all the drama with his mother and grandmother i don't want to blame anyone else but they didn't do what they needed to do with him. he should of been put into a instatution and gotton help long before anything like this could happened. thank you again i will do what i can once i know everything the lawyer intends to do plese write back a friend
JUDITH

United States

#7 Apr 28, 2008
My condolances to Sarah and Tanner's family. I too have lost a precious son to an idiot's stupidity. It's beyond comprehension except to say the evil seeds of satan is now running rampant and we are now seeing the fruit of satans seed. The only way to rid the planet of the evil seed is to execute A.S.A.P. crenshaw should be executed as soon as possible and I pray that the state of Washington with all their good common sense uses their Justice System to rid the planet of this low life scum of the earth burden on society.
Maureen

AOL

#8 Apr 28, 2008
Dear Friend: Thank you for putting a human face on someone I had, up until your last post, judged him as nothing less than an evil monster. I imagine this is all very hard especially given your distance. Trust me on this...distance is a GOOD thing. It is so dark here. And heavy. Profound sadness at every turn...just waiting to see what is going to happen next. One family was planning a wedding when all this happened. The wedding has been put on hold because of the pending trial. Sometimes I'll be tossing a salad and just start bawling because I want my friend to have her daughter back! I want to have my friend back...the way she was before her daughter was taken from her. Even during the worst time a parent could even imagine, she still has a way of being an example of what we should all be. Here is her philosophy: "Justin Crenshaw has already stolen from me all he is going to steal. He can't give her back but he won't steal her memory. My main focus is that Sarah be remembered not for how she died, but how she lived" And I swear to God that will be her life's focus from that moment on. Sarah's family wasn't in court the day crenshaw entered his "not guilty" plea. She will not be there to hear the exact number of stab wounds her daughter had...whether or not she was raped...the details of the horror...like the finger swipes in blood down her arms and legs as if justin were trying to clean himself off...only to realize that he wasn't quite finished yet. She doesn't want to hear how after they were so brutally murdered, justin felt the need to cover each of them up with a blanket. It was so grotesque, he couldn't even look at what he had done. So no, he wasn't crazy...just drunk, high and mad. Very very mad. You are a sweet person filled with compassion, friend. Even though he is not worthy of it you give it so generously. I pray for peace for you and that you realize that nothing you did or didn't do was the cause. I believe what Judith said to a extent about satan's involvement. Washington is a pretty liberal state. Even Yeats, a convicted serial killer in Spokane and Gary Ridgeway who murdered more people than even Ted Bundy was spared the death penalty. So I doubt he'll die at the hands of the state. So I still implore you, that if you have any say whatsoever, tell him to spare these families the pain of anymore details! I know you will if you can.

Judith...I am so sorry for your loss as well. You are in my prayers as the victim of a violent crime. I don't know how you even function after your loss. Nobody should have to bury their own children. It's just not natural.
a friend

Staunton, VA

#9 Apr 28, 2008
Judith I too am sorry for your loss the world is an rotton mess people with drugs and people who drink and have a problem drinking should be locked up before something horrible happens there are so many ways for people to get help before something as tragic as this happens. I could not even want to live in this world if this would happen to my daughter. I really do believe Juatin does not remember what he did . I happen to know that for a fact this is what is so sad these two great young people died by someone who doesn't remember. Justin new with his past history that he can not drink and I had a fear if he left to go up there that he would and now my family (yes i said it my family I know Maureen has already figured this out by the picture I have told her about)has lost a young man due to the drinking and from what I heard drugs too; two people are dead. I do still pray and I guess I always will that someone else was there and he had to run out of the house .I know that is just someone who new the kind, sweet kid he is /was without drinking!!
Maureen is so right a parent should never have to bury a child let alone to a horrible murder and my heart truly goes out to you. Maureen and I have been writting you are welcome to write with us I no she has really help me with this. I live far away for ahich I am thankful. I don't talk much with his mother or grandmother so this is the only way I can try to understand what people are feeling . I understand how you feel and doing this has opened my eyes in alot of ways. I do not judge anyone there feelings and i feel maureen understands me a little more since we have been typing back and forth. I'm the type who likes to talk things out try to understand every end and tell you the reason I feel the way I do so please try to understand what I am feeling . I just wish Nikki did not have to go thru this her best friend and her brother what emotions this poor child must be going thru. I know this is going to sound strang but I love my nephew and always will but I don't like him very much. I am thankful he didn't move here it could of been me or my daughter I no that is a horrible thing to say but it scares me to think of what happened up there and if he didn't get caught what else would of happen Nikki, Kay the list could go on. So if i contradict myself it's just me coping with this horrible horrible tragady. I truly believe he did not rape her I pray he didn't I wish he could remember what set him off it would make this so much easier for all the familys. anyway i'll write soon and forgive me for loving the boy I new and hating him for what he did.
A Friend
a friend

Staunton, VA

#10 Apr 28, 2008
Judith I too am sorry for your loss the world is an rotton mess people with drugs and people who drink and have a problem drinking should be locked up before something horrible happens there are so many ways for people to get help before something as tragic as this happens. I could not even want to live in this world if this would happen to my daughter. I really do believe Juatin does not remember what he did . I happen to know that for a fact this is what is so sad these two great young people died by someone who doesn't remember. Justin new with his past history that he can not drink and I had a fear if he left to go up there that he would and now my family (yes i said it my family I know Maureen has already figured this out by the picture I have told her about)has lost a young man due to the drinking and from what I heard drugs too; two people are dead. I do still pray and I guess I always will that someone else was there and he had to run out of the house .I know that is just someone who new the kind, sweet kid he is /was without drinking!!
Maureen is so right a parent should never have to bury a child let alone to a horrible murder and my heart truly goes out to you. Maureen and I have been writting you are welcome to write with us I no she has really help me with this. I live far away for ahich I am thankful. I don't talk much with his mother or grandmother so this is the only way I can try to understand what people are feeling . I understand how you feel and doing this has opened my eyes in alot of ways. I do not judge anyone there feelings and i feel maureen understands me a little more since we have been typing back and forth. I'm the type who likes to talk things out try to understand every end and tell you the reason I feel the way I do so please try to understand what I am feeling . I just wish Nikki did not have to go thru this her best friend and her brother what emotions this poor child must be going thru. I know this is going to sound strang but I love my nephew and always will but I don't like him very much. I am thankful he didn't move here it could of been me or my daughter I no that is a horrible thing to say but it scares me to think of what happened up there and if he didn't get caught what else would of happen Nikki, Kay the list could go on. So if i contradict myself it's just me coping with this horrible horrible tragady. I truly believe he did not rape her I pray he didn't I wish he could remember what set him off it would make this so much easier for all the familys. anyway i'll write soon and forgive me for loving the boy I new and hating him for what he did.
A Friend
Maureen

AOL

#11 Apr 29, 2008
Friend: Your feelings are completely justified. We all vacilate between hate and sorrow for justin crenshaw. I am afraid that somedays I can't even pray for him. Other days, I can and do. I can't imagine Nikki..."My brother killed my best friend". I believe in free will. God gives us free will to make choices. As far as you saying that you are thankful that it wasn't you or your daughter..that is perfectly justified.(Just don't say that to the victims' families) We all feel it. "But by the grace of God go I". He's crazy. He's sick. It could have been anyone. Like you, I am obsessed with knowing what went on that night. I know one of the investigators and there is a lot the police are not releasing. Therefore, I can't share with you all I know. Just know that the evidence is mounting by the day. Like I said before...gruesome details that even hollywood couldn't make up. Just think the Tate-Bianca murders by Charles Manson. You say he doesn't remember anything. Then you say you know he didn't rape her. So, does he remember what he DIDN'T do, but doesn't remember what he DID do? I know the conflict in your mind and heart must be awful and I don't fault you for that. Your point is well taken about loving the boy you knew and hating him for what he did. Have you seen the pictures of the house? Have you read the police report and the fire investigators summation? Have you read how the discovery of the murder scene has forever changed the lives of the firefighters who realized what was going on? Pray that he pleads guilty so you never have to hear or see what this man, whom you love, was capable of doing. There is much more that can't be released yet because of the pending trial. I will be here with you as you come to grips with all of it. You are never far from my thoughts and prayers.
a friend

Staunton, VA

#12 Apr 29, 2008
thanks i would never want the victims familys knowing I said that I can't even think of what they would think of me for saying that, I guess when i said he didn't rape her is that is my feelings as remembering the boy I once new with the idea of the charles manson in my head maybe he did I pray he didn't she suffered more than any human should I pray she died with the first blow along with tanner.Once again i'm thankful for being so far away, My family won't return my calles I guess i'm sort of thank ful for that. Then again I'm hurt. oh well this is not about me . its about the familys including Justins Mom ect. I think it would help if she would talk about this she is holding everything in which she always does thats another reason justin was the way he was his family life (excuse my mouth on this) sucked!!! She never talked to him only yelled never followed thru with punishment ect. Kids don't like to get into trouble but he once told me that he wish she would, could punish him make him do chores talk to him like he needed tobe talk to . My daughter and I talk about anything she found my brother dead on christmas day my mother pass a few months later(she adopted me thank god) and my husband died in a car accident dec 2nd and we've lost 3 more people in the last 18 months. She is having a real hard time with this but she is doing great in school. she works on fri and sun til summer then she'll work more . She just got her permit and is driving she is my hero she has handeled evrything with strenth, grace and ahe is happy its because she has a good group of friends and she is great with talking with me.I wish I good of taken Justin and showed him what unconditional love really is but I can't now he is a 20 year old man even though he has a mentality of a 15 year old. I wish that when he got in trouble when he was younger that none of this would of happened , but that is not possible anymore .I've seen the pictures of the house when they 1st came out but nothing recent . I no he is sick but when does it become free will when do I stop blaming hes life growing up when is it his fault for the way he turned out . I guess now!!! there is no one to get him out of this and I pray (if he did it which is wishful thinking again) he is put away and let the familys heal all of us !!! If you talk to the family's please let them know they are in my prayers they may not want to here that from someone who loves the man but hates him for what he did. This does come from my heart and I pray for everyone of us. well I hope to talk to you soon. and again thank you
a friend

Staunton, VA

#13 Apr 29, 2008
maureen i wish that someway we could talk in person put this is a public forum any ideas you have been such a great help to me you have opened my eyes and i feel like I've know you all my life you are fair kind and very generous thanks again
Maureen

AOL

#14 Apr 29, 2008
Hey friend...prepare for yet another shoe to drop. Justin's bloody clothes were found in Charlotte's garage this weekend.

As I've gotten to know you, I've found myself wishing right along with you that it was all a mistake. Of course, I wish Sarah would come bouncing in her house "Hey Mom...what's new?" I wish Tanner would go walking into the rest. he worked at and say "Hey guys...let me in that kitchen" (He LOVED to cook) and I wish Justin could call you and tell you it was all a big misunderstanding and everyone is home safe and sound...in their beds, with their parents.
Maureen

AOL

#15 Apr 29, 2008
Here comes that wave again...I think of Nikki and Kate opening up that bag of clothes. What did it look like? What did it smell like? How long did it take for them to realize what it was they were holding? Every year in the spring, the subdivision where they live holds a HUGE garage sale. Almost everyone takes part in it...either by selling or buying. Kate and Nikki probably were looking forward to the distraction....and then....God, Friend, I feel like I can't breath. Another round of heart breaking information for the Clark's, the Pehl's, for Nikki and for you. Have patience with the family members that aren't calling you back. Nobody knows what to say because there is nothing to say. Let this be it. Let this be the evidence that causes Justin to plead guilty to spare the families the grisly details. He can be spared the death penalty and the families can be spared. Maybe you can one day have the opportunity to speak to him and have some of your questions answered. I guess it's all moot now. It doesn't matter what happened in that house. The outcome will stay the same. Matt, Katie and Cameron won't have their brother. Laurie and Dave will never have their son. The Clark's won't have their daughter, sister, friend. It will never be the same and I can't fix it. And it's terrible feeling this helpless.
a friend

Staunton, VA

#16 Apr 29, 2008
wow, i wonder if Sandy (justins) grandmother ) and shelley my sister justins mom no this I won't say a word to them about our writings by the way my name is Gidget there is no point in hiding that anymore I just want every thing normal again. God help all of us! my god nikki and kay !if i ever talk to shelley or sandy. Sandy is my biolocical mother as i told you before i was so lucky to have my grandparents adopt me they were my mom and dad I am so glad they aren't here to see this, I will do my very best to have him plead out. these people need peace nikki and kay were like you said were trying to get there lives back a little peace. I can't breath either. Wow i feel so lost i can't even try to begin to no what they are feeling oh ..... what can I say he needs to no what happened his lawyer needs to tell him and tell him to plead out oh my god this is my nephew and i'm writting about him spending his life in prison I now no for sure it was him god how sick this all is I new he got mean when he drank but not murder. thats the hardest thing I've had to say .Til now I pray'd someone else was in the house and he ran thank you please write soon. no my prayers are with you!!!!!!
i'm sorry for the man he became, the family's don't need to no the details even though it is human nature wanted to know why god why
Gidgetp.s. is ther any safe way we can talk outside og this forum
an ex

Reno, NV

#17 Apr 29, 2008
I was an ex of Justins and this makes me sad and angry. I found out the night it happened. Justin was my first love we been through so much in a little time. I saw his bad side and i saw a wonderful side to him. Does these murders surprise me. No. I knew he was capable of this like everyone is. I just HOPED he wouldnt do it. He cant handle his drugs and alcohol and i learned that very early on. Do i believe he doesnt remember. yes. I just hope as he sits in his cell. He changes for the better even though he may never get out. RIP Sarah and Tanner.
a friend

Staunton, VA

#18 Apr 29, 2008
an ex wow this is crazy now I no why shelly and sandy haven't returned my calls this is shelly son my nephew and my daughter is in a state of shock she has foung my brethere dead on chraitmas her granmother a few months later her father killed in a car accident anda few close friends we considered family she loves justin she never saw the bad side we moved here when she was ten the last time was when we buried my mom and dad and my brother I was adoptid by my grandparents I don't know if you have read all the things on this page but if not please do .please remember him the best of him the side that is sweet and kind before the alcohol and drugs took over. if you need to talk I look at this page every day maureen has helped me go thru all sorts of emotions my contradictions of my feels for justin. I pray for everyone who new him and for the poor familys who will never get to write letters or send a card or talk to there children again, and justins sister who lost both her brother and best friend and what they found what they must be going thru. god help all of us
a friend

Staunton, VA

#19 Apr 29, 2008
hey maureen i just read something about a white sadan(toyota) maybe have they found out whos car that was people reported they saw one at the house that nite could someone else help justin do these murders? an ex i hope you have read all of the comments on this page i wrote back but it didn't go thru maureen has help me so much with my emotions about justin maybe if you read all of then it will help you too it is hard to remember the boy we loved and hate the man he became with the drugs and alchol i agree he doesn't remember but his lawyers need him to take a plea and save the familys all the horrific details he needs to no what was done as hard as that will be for a sober justin it is like he has two personalitys . pray for everyone. We all are!!
Maureen

AOL

#20 Apr 29, 2008
Hi Friend. Yes, there is a white sedan that the police want to question but they are saying it is not involved...just a witness to Tanners guitar playing and the timeline. Tanner played his guitar late into the evening. I am so sorry for you and all your pain. I just remember a Bible passage..."This too shall pass". God be with you and you are never far from my thoughts. I wish I could make it all go away for you. How you must be suffering. Everyone is going to have to deal with this in their own way. There is no right or wrong way. Sarah's brother had surgery today on his shoulder and in a way, its a blessing. Maybe Teesha had some way to take her mind away from this disaster. Please don't be too hard on your family for not getting back to you. They will someday. I feel so bad for you, Nikki, Charlotte. Forgiveness is a beautiful thing and one day we might all be capable of forgiveness. I feel for you always. tensharp@aol.com Be well and write when you need to.

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