Locked-Up 787 Days and Counting
– The Andrew Newman Story –
By Edward Snook
Okanogan County, WA – A Developmentally challenged young man has been charged for two murders in Okanogan County, WA that witnesses claim were committed by another. Twenty-one year-old Andrew Newman was arrested on July 20, 2017 and has been incarcerated for more than two years. Andrew was just eighteen years old at the time of his arrest. Okanogan County officials have shuffled Andrew back and forth between Eastern Washington State Hospital (for competency restoration evaluations) and the Okanogan County jail several times. The man who the evidence and witnesses point to having committed the murders is currently running free.
Young Andrew Newman had been diagnosed, “unable to aid and assist in his own defense”. Now, after talks between those conducting the case, he has been deemed to be competent to stand trial.
Andrew had suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was only three years old and it has clearly affected the quality of his life and how he deals with others.
Andrew grew up in Okanogan County but moved to Hawaii with his mother, due to the lack of services for those with disabilities in the small rural area of Washington State.
When Andrew turned eighteen, he no longer qualified for Developmental Disability (D.D.) services in Hawaii as a minor and adult D.D. services were limited. The decision was made to look for a residential placement in Washington where he could be close to family and receive much needed services to help him become an independent adult. The plan fell apart when the Department of Developmental Disabilities denied his request for services despite the fact they were provided “mountains” of documentation from Hawaii providers. Washington State D.D. insisted that Andrew have all new testing done by Washington providers in order to qualify for the federal program. This was problematic due to the fact there were no providers locally in the Omak, WA area to perform what was being requested.
In June of 2017, Andrew’s family finally managed to fulfill the testing requirements, however, just days later none of that would matter as Andrew’s unimaginable, life-altering nightmare began.
Andrew Witnesses Separate Murders
During the evening hours of June 21, 2017 Andrew found that he was locked out of his stepbrother’s home where he was staying. Not really knowing what to do or where to go, Andrew left to wander the streets nearby. According to witnesses, Andrew was crossing the bridge in Omak when he noticed a gathering of adults on the Okanogan River riverbank and he walked over to say hello.
According to police reports and witness statements there were 12 people partying on the riverbank that night. Several witnesses stated that they were all using alcohol and/or drugs and some of them were highly intoxicated.
Unfortunately, Andrew had been given money that day intended for his living expenses and “his new friends” who learned of his holdings decided to convince Andrew to walk to the nearby convenience store to purchase alcohol. He was reportedly sold alcohol three separate times that evening.
You see, because of his disability, Andrew is very easily influenced by peers, potential friends and older individuals. He yearns for acceptance by others, whether he knows them well or not.
Also included in reports was that there were injectable drugs being used by some, as well as pills that were being crushed and snorted. Andrew says he was given a powder called “Xanax” to snort and that he drank so much alcohol he remembers vomiting on the ground. Despite getting sick, Andrew relays that was still thrilled to meet his new “friends”.
Some of those on the riverbank were fighting and arguing in the drunken and/or “high” state they were all in. According to the police report, a witness stated Joseph Shawl accidentally dropped his dog Rusty into the fire pit and a fistfight had broken out over it. It is important to note that this incident reportedly happened prior to Andrew Newman ever being on the riverbank that evening.
Among those at the riverbank was 53-year-old Patrick Antone Yallup. Yallup was a convicted felon. In 2002, he was arrested for brutally beating an Idaho man nearly to death. The victim David Morrell never recovered from his horrific injuries. Morrell died in the hospital eleven months after the violent attack at the age of 50. Yallup had already accepted a plea agreement for aggravated battery and was serving time when Morrell died.
Patrick Antone Yallup has a long criminal history and is allegedly known to be “extremely abusive to family members.” According to one of the witnesses at the riverbank, “In the early morning hours of June 22, 2017 Patrick Yallup became enraged at Shawl and Grace Harris fighting over the dog. Yallup beat Joseph Shawl to unconsciousness and then rolled Shawl – still alive – into the river.” According to some of those there, the Okanogan River was very swollen at the time and was just a few yards away from where Yallup brutally beat Shawl.
Patrick Yallup was then confronted by fifty-five-year-old Javier Sanchez who reportedly stated, “I saw what you did.” Javier then ran to get his new cell phone, which he had purchased just hours earlier, to call the police. According to witnesses, Javier never made it to his phone as Patrick Yallup grabbed him from behind, put him in a headlock and then broke his neck. He then allegedly rolled Sanchez into the river as well.
Andrew Newman personally witnessed these two men die that night. He also watched Patrick Yallup frantically throwing everything from around the area into the campfire including Andrew’s backpack and shoes along with Joseph Shawl’s belongings.
Witness statements show these events occurred between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m.
Next, Andrew walked down the riverbank, crossed Hwy. 97 and went back to his stepbrother’s home. He sat on the steps until his stepbrother finally let him in. Even though Andrew tried to speak with him, his stepbrother refused to talk. Andrew showered and decided to walk back to the Chevron station in Omak and call his mom and dad. He managed to reach his dad, who was already in the area looking for him because Andrew was reported missing by family members. His dad picked him up at the Chevron station and Andrew revealed to his dad the terrible things that happened on the riverbank. Due to the fact Andrew had consumed alcohol, along with his disabilities, Andrew’s father decided to call Andrew’s caseworker at Okanogan Behavior Health, thinking Andrew was acting delusional. The worker notified police with Andrew’s claims.
Omak Detective Marcos Ruiz arrived to question Andrew. According to one witness, “In Andrew’s mind the police were his friends, they picked him up in police cars and gave him food, soda, and even cigarettes if he asked.” His stepfather is a Federal Police Officer and Andrew was appreciative of any time he could spend with them.
Ruiz then took him to where Andrew said the crimes had occurred. Joseph Shawl’s family members along with some of the remaining witnesses were at the riverbank when Detective Ruiz arrived with Andrew.
According to reports, Patrick Yallup’s cousin, Grace Harris, who was also on the riverbank that previous night, proceeded to yell at Andrew telling him “nothing had happened, and that Andrew was a liar.”
The police left the scene and reportedly stated they could find no evidence of a crime, despite the fact that Joseph Shawl’s family had his dog with singed hair. They also reported finding blood in the area and Shawl’s belongings in the fire pit.
Police Brutality – A Dose of Reid Technique?
Detective Ruiz took Andrew to the police station for further questioning by himself and Sergeant Donnelly Tallant Jr. Andrew’s body was photographed showing no defensive wounds. Andrew did have mosquito bites on his legs that were slightly bleeding and a bump on his forehead from where he says Shawl hit him. However, according to Yallup’s written testimony it was in fact Yallup that hit Andrew with a rock, not Shawl, when Andrew tried to stop Yallup from beating Shawl – Shawl and Yallup looked similar and it was dark outside.
During questioning, Ruiz left the room at one point to give Andrew time to think about his story. Andrew states when Ruiz left the room Sergeant Tallant got in his face and started screaming at him. He was so close that Tallant’s spit was hitting Andrew in the face. Andrew stated, Tallant told me, “You’re going to jail if you don’t tell us what we need to hear.” Reportedly, the video that was recording the interview had been turned off during this time. The video was restarted when Ruiz came back in. After the interview Andrew was arrested.
We have been able to verify that Officer Donnelly Tallant Jr. has been sued at least once in the past for “Brutality Against a Disabled Individual.”
Reportedly, Grace Harris was previously in possession of Shawl’s coat that had blood on it and she was caught trying to throw it into the river.
On the evening of June 28, 2017, Kristen Little Bear Cate showed up at the Omak police station and reported that she had picked up a hitchhiker at sunrise on June 22, 2017. That hitchhiker was later identified as Patrick Yallup’s brother, Anthony Frank. Frank reportedly told Cate and two other women in the car, “he had just witnessed his brother and cousin murder someone.” There is no mention in the police report that Detective Ruiz interviewed the other witnesses in the car with Cate.
Anthony Frank was questioned by Ruiz but there is no mention of him being picked up hitchhiking in Ruiz’s report. Anthony Frank’s statement to police is on page 21 of the police report. Frank states that Yallup drug Shawl towards the river and that the “Big White Boy” (Andrew Newman) was standing by Frank the entire time.
On June 28, 2017, police traced Javier Sanchez’s new cell phone to Risky Baldarama’s home. Baldarama was not only in possession of the cell phone that Sanchez had purchased prior to his being murdered, police also found bloody clothing in his backpack. Baldarama was questioned and released – No forensic testing is mentioned in the police report of the bloody clothing.
On June 28, 2017, Joseph Shawl’s family made the grim discovery of his body in the Okanogan River.
On July 7, 2017, police went to Anthony Frank’s home in Nespelem looking for Patrick Yallup. Frank told police where Yallup was hiding. Reportedly, police later found Grace Harris hiding in Nespelem with Patrick Yallup. Yallup had a black eye, deep scratches on his forearms, he was limping and had scabs on his knuckles.
Ruiz reportedly asked Yallup, “Are you ready to take a murder wrap for a Fat White Boy you didn’t know?” Yallup told police he didn’t remember, and he wasn’t a snitch.
Yallup was arrested that day and charged only in the death of Shawl.
After Andrew refused his attorney’s request to consider a plea deal, Yallup was given his own deal by former Prosecutor Branden Platter to testify against Andrew. You see, after sitting in jail for nearly a year, Yallup never indicated Andrew was guilty of murder. That is until Prosecutor Branden Platter made an unbelievable plea deal with him – Yallup was given a mere 36 months in prison. Yallup has since been released from prison.
If there is a trial in this case, witnesses are going to testify that Patrick Yallup committed both murders, that is, if Andrew’s Attorney Dan Connolly provides an adequate defense for Andrew. In light of this fact, Patrick Yallup would be wise to think long and hard about testifying as he agreed to with former Prosecutor Branden Platter. Yallup is currently free. However, if he perjures himself, he could face more felony criminal charges and spend more time in prison.
We are told by a confidential source that Prosecutor Arian Noma is having trouble locating him even though he is on Parole with the Department of Corrections.
Routine False Prosecution
At this juncture, it is obvious why ex-Prosecutor Branden Platter had charged Andrew Newman with Murder – Platter was not only incompetent and lazy but corrupt as well. During Platter’s very short tenure as Okanogan County Prosecutor, a pattern of attempting to falsely charge innocent individuals with crimes emerged.
What is hard to understand is why current Okanogan Prosecutor Arian Noma has continued the false charges, especially when there is no evidence to support them. The US~Observer sincerely hopes that Mr. Noma doesn’t resort to extorted plea deals, just like his predecessor…
There is much more evidence is this case to reveal, however we have given the Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office more than enough information in this article to conclude that Patrick Yallup literally got away with killing Joseph Shawl and Javier Snachez – thanks to former Prosecutor Branden Platter’s corrupted plea agreement and incompetent police work by Omak City Police Officers. We have certainly given them enough evidence directly from their own reports to show that Newman is innocent and that a full-blown investigation needs to be conducted by competent law enforcement.
Editor’s Note: Anyone with information on Andrew Newman’s case is urged to contact the US~Observer at 541-474-7885 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.