Walla Walla man's drug trial transferred, delayed

Terry L. Knapp has a new date in court as well as a new judge for his trial

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WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man accused of selling marijuana from his home near Sharpstein Elementary School this spring.

Terry L. Knapp, 58, of 712 Whitman St., earlier pleaded innocent in Superior Court to five charges and Judge Donald W. Schacht set trial for July 11 and 12.

But Knapp took action to transfer the case to Judge John Lohrmann's department and on Monday, Lohrmann set trial to begin July 22.

Knapp is charged with three counts of delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop, in addition to one count of possessing the controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count of using drug paraphernalia.

He is accused of selling marijuana to a confidential informant three times. The transactions allegedly occurred at his house -- about a block-and-a-half east of Sharpstein -- on April 21, May 3 and May 11. On each occasion, Knapp sold about 56 grams (two ounces) to the informant for $620, according to a police report filed in court.

Officials said there is no evidence Knapp sold drugs to children.

Knapp was arrested the evening of May 11 in a law enforcement raid at his home. Armed with a search warrant, officials entered the residence about 8 p.m. and discovered about six pounds of processed marijuana -- in 12 half-pound vacuum-sealed bags -- with a street value of nearly $30,000, police said.

Scales, packaging materials and more than $1,500 in cash also allegedly were seized.

Although Knapp is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history in the Walla Walla area, he reportedly had two medical marijuana permits. However, his pot possession was limited to a total of three pounds and its sale isn't allowed, the police report says.

Knapp was booked into the County Jail, with bail later set at $25,000.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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