There’s been a new twist in the assault case of Washington State University professor David Warner. Police say they are widening the focus of their investigation to include the professor’s companion on the night of the March 30th attack. The man, identified as 31-year-old Lawrence McDonald, is a martial arts expert and volunteer coach of the WSU tae kwon do club.
On the night of the assault, court records state, McDonald was “extremely intoxicated” and was hurling verbal insults at passers-by at a popular hangout near campus.
Police say that led to a verbal confrontation with the four suspects arrested and released last week. The physical confrontation followed soon after. They now want to talk to McDonald to try to determine what role he might have played in the confrontation.
Police say they are reviewing footage of a third camera and talking to more witnesses trying to determine exactly how Dr. Warner received a critical head injury. He remains hospitalized in Spokane in serious condition.