A federal judge has overturned the death sentence of a Kitsap County man convicted of fatally beating a 16-year-old Poulsbo girl.
Brian Keith Lord, 36, had been convicted of aggravated first-degree murder in the 1986 bludgeoning death of Tracy Parker.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein threw out the death penalty, citing errors in the sentencing proceedings.
However, she affirmed the conviction although Lord had asked for a new trial in May based on his lawyer’s statements that key evidence was mishandled.
Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Lord’s attorney, said, “We certainly think justice was done” with the vacated sentence but she added she was disappointed that the judge did not order a new trial.
Assistant Attorney General John Samson said his office is considering whether to appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, or to ask the judge to reconsider.