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October 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Trial in slayings of 6 in Carnation set for May

The first of two trials in the slayings of six members of a Carnation family on Christmas Eve 2007 has been scheduled for May. 4.

In setting the trial date Thursday, King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell also found defendant Michele Anderson competent to stand trial. Anderson was examined earlier this summer at Western State Hospital by mental health experts and deemed competent.

Anderson and co-defendant Joseph McEnroe, her former boyfriend, are charged with six counts of aggravated first-degree murder. The pair were arrested shortly after six members of Anderson’s family were found slain in her parents’ Carnation home on Dec. 31, 2007. Killed were her parents, Wayne and Judy Anderson; her brother and his wife, Scott and Erica Anderson; and that couple’s children, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan.

Anderson told The Seattle Times during a June 2008 jailhouse interview that she is guilty of the slayings and deserves to be executed.

Anderson and McEnroe could face the death penalty if convicted. They will be tried separately, but it’s unknown which defendant will be tried first, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

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