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Crusade for fallen police K-9 turns political

A Bremerton Police officer’s wife is one woman with two missions.

Terri Davis made it her mission to spread awareness of the fateful night that Buddy, a Bremerton police K-9, was shot and killed. Now her mission has turned political.

Terri, wife of Bremerton police officer Mike Davis, wants the public to know what exactly happened in the controversial court case ruled by County Superior Court Judge Anna Laurie regarding the death of Buddy. On July 30, 2001, Mike and Buddy responded to a call of shots fired at Lions Field. Aaron Williams and his brother were firing shots in the woods. When Mike and Buddy responded, Williams shot and killed Buddy. Williams then shot at Mike. Mike returned fire, hitting Williams. Buddy was rushed to the Central Kitsap Animal Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The trial occurred a year later and it was requested by Williams’ attorney that it be a bench trial, meaning there is no jury and the case is only presented to a judge. It was Laurie who presided over the case.

At the sentencing, Laurie convicted Williams of attempted first-degree murder of Officer Davis and a lesser charge of second-degree assault for killing Buddy, not a harsher charge, prosecutors were calling for of attempted second-degree murder or first-degree assault. Terri claims Laurie said she determined that Williams was “not trying to kill or badly injure anyone.”

Now that Laurie is up for re-election, Terri has made it her mission to make sure that doesn’t happen. Recently she made a shirt at home using her computer that says, “Remember K-9 Buddy — Say NO! to Anna Laurie — Ask Me Why.”

“I’m hoping people will see my shirt and remember the case and ask me why,” she said. “I want to raise awareness before they vote.”

Terri wore the T-shirt to the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede last weekend and claimed Laurie had her removed from the Pavilion at the Fairgrounds. Terri says she was not blocking Laurie’s booth and was not approaching people, but was handing out literature regarding Buddy’s case.

According to Cris Gears, director of Kitsap County Facilities, Parks and Recreation, Terri was asked to leave because she was physically obstructing access to Laurie’s booth and campaigning without paying for a Fair booth.

“I would have let it go, but when (Laurie’s) husband called my husband’s employer (Bremerton Police Chief Rob Forbes), she crossed the line,” said Terri referring to the phone call made by Dave Farr on Aug. 31 to Forbes. Forbes confirmed he did receive a call, but would not comment further.

“I found it completely inappropriate and feel (Laurie and Farr) are trying to intimidate me through my husband’s boss,” she said.

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