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September 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Carnation defendant competency ruling not expected for 2 weeks

What was supposed to be a two-day hearing to determine if Michele Anderson is competent to stand trial and potentially face the death penalty in the alleged killings of six family members in 2007 has morphed into a multi-day affair, with a ruling from the trial judge not expected for at least two…

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September 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Judge declines to seal competency evaluation in Carnation slayings

A two-day hearing is under way in King County Superior Court to determine if Michele Anderson is mentally competent to stand trial, and potentially face the death penalty, for allegedly killing six members of her family on Christmas Eve 2007 in Carnation. Juror summonses have already been mailed out in the case of Anderson’s co-defendant, former…

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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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June 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

State Supreme Court upholds death penalty for Dayva Cross

The Associated Press OLYMPIA  — The Washington Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for Dayva Cross, who was sentenced to die for killing his wife and two of her daughters in 1999 in Snoqualmie. In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, the court dismissed several claims by Cross, including whether the admission of claims of guilt that Cross…

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June 23, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Monday Memo: Man dead in car … Hope Solo in court … SPU suspect in court

Man found shot dead in car in Seattle: He was found not long after midnight in the 5000 block of First Avenue South. Police think the incident may be linked to an earlier report of gunfire near Fourth Avenue and Jackson Street. Soccer superstar Hope Solo is expected to appear in court today…

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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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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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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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