The state Supreme Court on Thursday said it found no error in the trial of Robert Yates, who appealed his sentence for killing two Tacoma women. Yates thought the death penalty was off the table after he pleaded guilty in Spokane to killing 13 other women.
In an interview early this year, Pierce County Prosecutor Gerry Horne called Washington state's death penalty law a "farce" and suggested it is so ineffective that the Legislature should consider getting rid of it.
The King County Sheriff's Office has released facial reconstruction photos of three victims of the Green River serial killer, saying that after more than 20 years, detectives have been unable to determine who they were.
King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, one of the longest-serving elected officials in state history and the man who spared the life of the nation's worst serial killer, died late Thursday after collapsing at a University of Washington event.
Cecil Davis, who was found guilty of raping, robbing and killing 65-year-old Yoshiko Couch while her invalid husband sat downstairs, was sentenced to death for the second time. The Supreme Court threw out his first death sentence.
Almost as soon as he was arrested, Gary Ridgway began sending letters to his wife. The notes from the Green River Killer were so sweet and loving that his wife, Judith, was almost convinced that he didn't do it.
In 2003, Gary Ridgway admitted he was the Green River Killer and confessed to strangling four dozen women. Ridgway's wife, Judith, was stunned by the arrest. The shock and shame drove her into hiding for years.
Rep. Brendan Williams, D-Olympia, is sponsoring a bill that would bar the state from executing mentally ill defendants whose appreciation for their acts is "significantly impaired." Mentally retarded defendants already are barred from execution.
King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng's decision this week to seek the death penalty in the slaying of a soldier's family has renewed discussion about whether capital punishment is good policy for Washington state.
King County prosecutors on Tuesday said they would seek the death penalty against Conner Schierman, who is accused of killing a mother, her sister and her two children, all while the family's father served in Iraq.
Prosecutor Norm Maleng must decide by the end of the month whether to seek the death penalty for Conner Schierman, who is accused of stabbing a mother, her sister and her two children to death and burning their house to conceal the crimes, all while...