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January 29, 2014 at 1:35 PM

State to extend witnesses’ access to more parts of executions

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheters during a lethal injection, state officials told The Associated Press. The new witness protocol, currently a draft that is in its final stages of approval, includes the use of television monitors to show the…

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0 Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, death penalty, Washington State Department of Corrections

December 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

2nd trial for man once on death row costs Clallam County $1 million

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — It has cost Clallam County about $1 million this year to re-try a man in the 1993 slaying of his wife and business partner at an exotic bird farm near Sequim. The Peninsula Daily News reports county commissioners face a budget emergency of nearly half a million dollars because of expenses…

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October 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Lacey man accused of killing son won’t face death penalty

The Associated Press BUTTE, Mont. — Prosecutors said they do not intend to seek the death penalty against a 38-year-old Washington state man charged with killing his 3-year-old son in July near Anaconda. The trial of Jeremy Brent Cramer of Lacey is to start April 7, The Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/GZrEY0 ) reported. He could face up to life…

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September 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

High court upholds Dayva Cross’s death sentence for triple murder

The state Supreme Court this morning upheld the death penalty in the case of Dayva Cross, who killed his wife and two of her daughters in Snoqualmie in 1999. Cross’ case is still winding its way through the courts on a number of appeals, but one particular issue, whether a defendant can be condemned to death…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: death penalty, snoqualmie, Washington State Supreme Court

September 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Defense wants Supreme Court to reconsider ruling in Carnation slayings

Defense lawyers representing a former couple charged with killing six people in Carnation on Christmas Eve 2007 plan to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its recent decision that has reinstated the death penalty as a possible sentence for the accused killers. Colleen O’Connor, who is representing Michele Anderson, said this morning she and the defense…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Carnation slayings, death penalty, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

September 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Decision to seek death penalty upheld in case of accused Carnation killers

The state Supreme Court has ruled that King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg did not err when he decided to seek the death penalty against a former couple in connection with the Christmas Eve 2007 slayings of six people in Carnation. Justices, in their ruling, ordered the trials of Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe to…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Carnation slayings, death penalty, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

August 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Death penalty ruled out for man charged with killing grandparents

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg announced Friday morning he would not seek the death penalty against a man charged with murdering his grandparents in March after they welcomed him home from prison. Michael Chadd Boysen, 26, is alleged to have strangled and robbed his maternal grandparents, Robert and Norma Taylor, in Renton the day they…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Boysen, death penalty, Double homicide

May 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Soldier to admit Afghan massacre

GENE JOHNSON Associated Press The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers during one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is scheduled to enter guilty pleas to charges of premeditated…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Afghanistan, Bales, death penalty

May 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Serial killer Robert Yates Jr. seeks federal appeal of death sentence

Condemned serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr., awaiting execution for the murders of two women in Pierce County in the late 1990s, is seeking an appeal of his death sentence in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Yates, 60, a father of five and former Air National Guard helicopter pilot, has already had his death sentence upheld…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: death penalty, Robert L. Yates Jr., serial killer

May 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Judge confirms death sentence for killer of Monroe prison guard

UPDATE AT 1:07 P.M.: Snohomish County Superior Court Judge George F. Appel has confirmed the jury’s death sentence for Byron Scherf for killing corrections Officer Jayme Biendl. After Scherf declined to address the court this afternoon, Appel said to him: “Byron Eugene Scherf, I hereby sentence you to death for the murder of Jayme Biendl.” He will become the…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: death penalty, homicide, Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office

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