Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Wallace, Powell & Anderson, by Byron G. Powell, for petitioner.
C.J. Rabideau, Prosecuting Attorney, for respondent.
The Supreme Court of Washington, En Banc.
On October 30, 1976, petitioner Phillip Lee Theroff, then a 62-year-old farmer, encountered Steve Carpenter, 24, and his brother Glenn, 20, trespassing upon his farm. The land was posted "no trespassing". It was bird hunting season. The Carpenters were hunting, had been drinking and were undeterred by the "no trespassing" signs.
A heated exchange occurred between petitioner and one or both of the Carpenters. The sequence of events is disputed, but...
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