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August 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Woman accused of killing 6 relatives won’t get TV, radio in jail cell

Michele Anderson, an inmate in the King County Jail, tears up alongside her attorney, Colleen O'Connor, during a hearing at King County Superior Court on Tuesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Michele Anderson tears up alongside attorney Colleen O’Connor during a hearing at King County Superior Court on Tuesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

A King County Superior Court judge this morning denied a defense motion from attorneys representing Michele Anderson to provide her with a TV or radio and an extra hour out of her jail cell each day.

Anderson, who has been in administrative segregation for the majority of her time awaiting trial in the Christmas Eve 2007 slayings of six of her family members in Carnation, hasn’t spoken to her defense team in about a year and has refused to be interviewed by a defense psychologist for the past five years, Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell was told during arguments this morning.

The defense motion sought additional external stimulation for Anderson in hopes it would help stabilize her mental health and therefore prompt her to engage with her attorneys, David Sorenson and Colleen O’Connor, and help them launch a defense.

Ramsdell said he sympathized with the defense’s desperation and frustration with Anderson’s unwillingness to talk to them, but ruled there was no factual or Constitutional basis to grant their request.

In a 2008 interview with The Times, Anderson confessed to the slayings and said she wanted to be executed.

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