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February 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Bill to abolish death penalty doesn’t pass out of committee

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state isn’t moving forward in the Legislature this year. House Bill 1739, which received a public hearing this week, was scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, but it was not brought up for a vote on the last day…

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February 17, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Partner of slain Seattle officer testifies in Monfort trial

Update at 3:11 p.m.: Court adjourned for the day Tuesday just after Kelly testified that she and her partner, Timothy Brenton, pulled their patrol car over moments before shots were fired, killing Brenton. Kelly will resume her testimony Wednesday morning. Update at 2:31 p.m.: Seattle police Officer Britt Sweeney Kelly is recalling the Halloween night in 2009 that…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Christopher Monfort, death penalty, King County Superior Court

February 10, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Cop recalls ‘horrific’ shooting of SPD Officer Timothy Brenton

A veteran Seattle police officer paused to compose himself and wipe away tears Tuesday morning as he recounted seeing the massive wounds that Officer Tim Brenton sustained in a fatal ambush on Halloween night 2009. Like Brenton, Sgt. George Davisson was training a rookie officer the night when Brenton’s trainee, Officer Britt Sweeney, broadcast over the…

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February 9, 2015 at 10:36 AM

Jurors again hear taped confession in Carnation murder trial

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…

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February 4, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Witness recalls hearing gunshots that killed Seattle police officer

A woman who was  walking her dog on Halloween night 2009 took the witness stand on Wednesday afternoon, providing the first testimony about events that immediately preceded the fatal ambush of Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood. The trial of Christopher Monfort, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and is…

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January 21, 2015 at 12:31 PM

‘There’s been a murder': Woman describes discovering Carnation victims

Update at 2:53 p.m.: A King County sheriff’s deputy who responded to Wayne and Judy Anderson’s rural Carnation home after a 911 hang-up call, believed to have been placed by one of the six murder victims, explained to jurors Wednesday why he didn’t go onto the Anderson’s property. Deputy Ron Harrington said he thought he was…

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January 20, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Defense attorney: Monfort’s brain ‘went a little haywire’

Update at 2:35 p.m.: Veteran defense attorney Todd Gruenhagan told jurors about Monfort’s troubled childhood and his experiences being bullied as a mixed-race youth in Indiana and Alaska. Monfort was living in Los Angeles in 1991 when LAPD officers beat Rodney King, which marked the beginning of his obsession with instances of police brutality against the…

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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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