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Washington Supreme Court upholds conviction in guard’s death

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

The U.S. flag is removed from the casket of slain prison guard Jayme Biendl, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the end of a memorial service in Everett, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
The U.S. flag is removed from the casket of slain prison guard Jayme Biendl, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the end of a memorial service in Everett, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of a Byron Eugene Scherf in the murder of corrections officer Jayme Biendl in 2011. Scherf had been serving life without parole for the murder and rape of a Spokane woman when he attacked Biendl.

Scherf was sentenced to death for the killing inside a chapel at the state prison in Monroe. The court on Thursday converted his sentence to life in prison without parole, because the justices struck down Washington’s death penalty last month as unconstitutional, but they affirmed his conviction.

Scherf argued that the trial court should have suppressed some evidence in his case, including videotaped statements he gave to investigators and medical records the state used to establish that he was capable of premeditation.


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