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Sirens & Gavels

Girl admits to killing father

A teenage girl has admitted to killing her father in his Spokane home last year.

Jacqueline A. Wortham, 18, faces 22 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 16.

Daniel Wortham, 39, lived with his daughter on East Sharp Avenue when police say the girl and her boyfriend, Edmund D. Washington, 19, stabbed and beat him to death March 21, 2008.

Police found his body two days later after family reported his home was suspiciously quiet. Jacqueline Wortham and Washington were arrested at a South Hill home the next day. Wortham entered her plea on July 29.

Washington remains in Spokane County Jail on one count of first-degree murder. His trial is scheduled for November.

Read past coverage of the case here.

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