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January 20, 2015 at 9:28 AM

McEnroe ‘loved’ family he killed but was coerced, attorney says

Update at 2:40 p.m.: Joseph McEnroe’s defense attorney told jurors during his opening statement that McEnroe was coerced into killing the Anderson family by his mentally ill girlfriend. “Joe did love the Andersons; he loved Wayne and Judy. He really liked Michele’s niece and nephew and truly liked children, but over the years Michele would dominate Joe’s life,…

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January 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Trial to begin Tuesday for defendant in Carnation slayings

Opening statements in the death-penalty trial of Joseph McEnroe will be Tuesday after the state Supreme Court on Friday denied a defense request to postpone the trial until at least early February. McEnroe’s defense team had sought to delay the trial until the high court decides Feb. 3 whether to grant discretionary review of the trial judge’s…

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January 12, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Trial in Carnation slayings delayed again as Supreme Court grants stay

The state Supreme Court granted a temporary stay in the death-penalty trial of Joseph McEnroe late last week, postponing opening statements by at least a week and potentially into early February in a case that has already taken more than seven years to get to trial. Openings had been scheduled to begin Monday morning. McEnroe…

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July 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Death penalty back on the table for Carnation defendants

The state Supreme Court unanimously reversed a King County Superior Court judge’s ruling that prosecutors had incorrectly sought the death penalty when they charged two former Carnation-area residents with killing a family on Christmas Eve 2007. In 1 1/2-page order, the court reversed Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell’s Jan. 31 ruling in the cases of defendants Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe that had taken the…

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