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Trial opens in murder of crime witness

Defense attorney Mark Vovos on Monday told a jury of Stevens County residents that the murder trial they are about to decide amounts to a “classic cover-up” by detectives who …


Couple can face death penalty

SEATTLE – A King County judge says prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a couple charged in the slayings of six people in rural Carnation, Wash., on Christmas Eve …


Jury chooses death for West Valley grad

A 1999 West Valley High graduate convicted of rape and murder in Reno, Nev., should die for his crimes, a jury ruled Wednesday.


West Valley grad on trial for murder in Nevada

A former Spokane Valley man is on trial in Nevada for the murder of a 19-year-old college coed and sexual assaults of two other women near the University of Nevada, …


King County jury: Man should die for killing 4 in Kirkland

A man convicted of slaughtering four members of a Kirkland family then trying to cover up the crime by burning down their house should be put to death, a jury …


Idaho high court: No new trials for 6 on death row

The Idaho Supreme Court has denied requests from six death row inmates who said they were entitled to new trials because a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made after their convictions …


Washington changes execution method

Washington state has changed its method of execution from a three-drug cocktail to a one-drug system, according to paperwork filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.


Death penalty avoided

A Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him will avoid the death penalty if convicted because prosecutors mismanaged the case, a judge ruled …


Prosecutors’ mixup takes death penalty off the table

A Deer Park man accused of murdering a witness in an assault case against him will avoid the death penalty because prosecutors mismanaged the case, a judge ruled Wednesday.


Smart Bombs: Death penalty kills budgets

Perhaps one good outcome of tight budgets will be the death of the death penalty. Fifteen states have rescinded capital punishment since the U.S. Supreme Court revived it in a …


Sniper dies by lethal injection

JARRATT, Va. – John Allen Muhammad, the sniper who kept the Washington, D.C., region paralyzed by fear for three weeks as he and a young accomplice gunned down people at …


D.C.-area sniper executed

The mastermind of the 2002 sniper attacks that killed 10 in the Washington, D.C., region has been executed.


Sniper’s lawyers see his humanity

WASHINGTON – If attorney Jon Sheldon’s final plea to save the life of John Allen Muhammad fails, he will go to Virginia’s death chamber tonight to watch the sniper die. …


No death penalty in pregnant Idaho woman’s killing

MOSCOW, Idaho — Prosecutors in northern Idaho say they will not seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and then setting the home on …


Appeal delays mount for Duncan sentence

Thirteen months after Joseph Duncan was handed three death sentences for his abduction and murder of a North Idaho child, his appeal languishes in its earliest stages at the 9th …


Montana Senate favors abolishing death penalty

HELENA – The state Senate is again endorsing a plan to end the death penalty in favor of life in prison with no parole, giving initial support to the plan …