A woman accused of killing six members of her Carnation family will be evaluated to determine whether she’s mentally fit to face the charges against her.
King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell on Friday ordered that two mental health professionals – one for the prosecution and one for the defense – assess the mental state of 29-year-old Michele Anderson at the King County Jail.
Ramsdell declined Anderson’s lawyers’ request to close Friday’s hearing to the public.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is expected to decide by Aug. 4 whether to seek the death penalty against the woman and her 29-year-old boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe.
McEnroe faces the same six aggravated-murder charges in the Christmas Eve slayings.
Defense lawyers are compiling information about the pair in hopes of convincing Satterberg that capital punishment is not warranted.
Anderson and McEnroe are accused in the shooting deaths of Anderson’s parents, Wayne and Judy Anderson; her brother, Scott; his wife, Erica; and her niece and nephew, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan.
Man pleads guilty in elderly rip-off case
A Spokane Valley man accused of taking up to $310,000 by selling fake annuities to elderly clients in Jackson County has pleaded guilty to racketeering.
Prosecutors say 50-year-old Michael Frazier used to live in the southern Oregon town of Sutherlin and had held investment seminars at retirement homes, senior centers and convention centers since 2002.
They say his retirement planning presentations often lacked specifics about where clients’ money would be invested. Investigators suspect he used it to pay off earlier investors and remodel his home.
Frazier faces up to $375,000 in fines and 20 years in prison. He entered his plea Friday. Sentencing is scheduled for May 16. Prosecutors say a restitution agreement is expected to be worked out by then.
Two more unprotected wolves killed
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports two more wolves killed in the state, bringing the state’s total to 12 since federal protection for the animals was lifted.
One male wolf was reported killed April 26 near Daniel. Another male wolf was reported killed last Monday in Park County.
Game and Fish did not say how the wolves were killed.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted federal protection of the species last month, and Wyoming classifies them as predators outside the northwest corner of the state.
There were 359 wolves in Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park, in 2007.
Pimp gets five-year sentence
A Seattle pimp who used a 12-year-old girl as a prostitute has been handed a five-year prison term in federal court.
U.S. District Judge John Coughenour on Friday cited the victim’s age in sentencing Sean Hart to a term that is almost three times longer than federal guidelines.
The girl went missing in 2006 from her home in Elk Grove, Calif.
Court records say the girl was passed from pimp to pimp and ended up in Hart’s hands on May 25, 2006.
Coughenour also sentenced Randy Ivey to 30 months in prison for his role in passing the girl on to Hart.
Court records say although Ivey didn’t know the girl was 12, he paid for her flight to Seattle knowing that she had been kept in sexual slavery by a California pimp.
Human Rights Center vandalized
Boise police are looking for suspects in connection with an act of vandalism at the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.
Police say they discovered as much as 2 inches of water covering the floor of the center’s 800-square-foot office in downtown Boise.
The damage is already being assessed at more than $1,000 and includes several pieces of art, furniture and computer equipment.
Investigators believe someone pushed a garden hose through the front door mail slot and left the hose running for several hours late Thursday night.
Police say they have not identified a motive.
The Idaho Human Rights Education Center is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting respect for human dignity and diversity and working for justice and peace.
Inmate stabbed during prison fight
An inmate at the Washington State Penitentiary was stabbed by another prisoner during a fight this week.
Prison officials say Oscar Iverson was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.
The fight between the two prisoners reportedly occurred about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in a recreation yard of the West Complex. Officers gave verbal warnings for them to stop, then noticed that one offender was holding a 5-inch shard of glass and using it as a weapon.
One correctional officer suffered minor injuries.
The suspect was placed in segregation.