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February 9, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Jurors again hear taped confession in Carnation murder trial

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Joseph McEnroe

Jurors in Joseph McEnroe’s aggravated murder trial on Monday resumed listening to the taped confession made two days after six members of a family were found shot to death in a rural Carnation home on Christmas Eve 2007.

On the tape, McEnroe can be heard calmly describing the slayings of his then-girlfriend’s family and how he and Michele Anderson hid the bodies of her parents, the first to be killed. After Anderson’s parents were shot, McEnroe said he and Anderson hid the bodies and waited for four other members of her family to arrive at a Christmas Eve gathering at her parent’s home.

The four were then killed.

The interview was conducted by King County sheriff’s Detective Jake Pavlovich, who returned to the stand Monday after testifying Thursday.

McEnroe and Anderson, 36, are accused of killing Anderson’s parents, Wayne and Judy Anderson; their son, Scott, and his wife, Erica Anderson; and the younger couple’s children, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan. If convicted, McEnroe and Anderson both face the death penalty.

Anderson is scheduled to be tried after McEnroe, whose trial is expected to continue into May.

McEnroe’s defense team has not disputed that McEnroe took part in the slayings. But they claim Michele Anderson coerced McEnroe into participating in the murders by telling him that she had been mistreated by her family.

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