Christopher Monfort, 41, stands accused in a series of attacks on Seattle police culminating in the slaying of Officer Tim Brenton in an Oct. 31 ambush. Brenton's partner, Officer Britt Sweeney, was wounded in the attack; Monfort was shot during his arrest days later at his Tukwila apartment.
While he has stopped short of admitting to the killing or an apparent arson at a city maintenance yard, Monfort has frequently used his court appearances to rant against police brutality. Prosecutors, who've have yet to say whether they'll seek a death sentence in the case, contend that he planned the series of attacks in part because of a longstanding hatred of police.
Writing the court earlier in July, defense attorney Julie Lawry asked that King County Superior Court Judge Ronald Kessler subpoena the notes of Jonathan Martin, a Seattle Times reporter.
Deputy Nick Theofanopoulos was en route to a work assignment at a hospital, where he was expected to guard an inmate.