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Christopher Monfort

Monfort has been charged with first-degree  murder in the death of Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton on Oct. 31, 2009.

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monfortOLYMPIA – The State Supreme court ruled Thursday that King County prosecutors may proceed in seeking the death penalty in the case against Christopher Monfort, the man accused of killing Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton.

In February, the high court overturned a King County Superior Court ruling that found that Prosecutor Dan Satterberg had abused his discretion by relying on an investigation into mitigating factors that could have resulted in leniency for Monfort, the Seattle Times reported. Leniency in the form of a life sentence instead of the death penalty, the paper stated.

Monfort is charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton, and attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of Officer Britt Sweeney on October 31, 2009.

Satterberg’s office appealed Superior Court Ronald Kessler’s ruling to the State Supreme Court, saying that he had delayed his decision and had given Monfort’s defense team 10 months to present its own mitigation package.

Under state law, mitigating factors in potential death-penalty cases “can include evidence of an extreme mental disturbance or impairment because of a mental disease or defect”, the Times reported.

Satterberg issued the following statement in response to the state Supreme Court ruling:

“For the past 30 year, we have followed the same careful process in reviewing potential death penalty cases. We are pleased that the Washington State Supreme Court has upheld our exercise of discretion in this important case.”

monfortSEATTLE — The prosecution cannot seek the death penalty against Christopher Monfort should he be convicted of killing a Seattle police officer in 2009, a King County judge ruled Friday.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Kessler ruled that King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg “relied upon a flawed, practically useless mitigation investigation prepared by its own investigator … the prosecutor abused its discretion both substantively and procedurally.

“The only rational remedy the court can impose is to strike the notice of intent to seek the death penalty,” Kessler ruled at a pre-trial hearing.

In a statement issued later, Satterberg said, “We believe today’s decision (by Kessler) is wrong and we will appeal it to the Washington State Supreme Court.”

Monfort has been charged with aggravated first-degree murder for shooting and killing Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton as he sat in his patrol car on Oct. 31, 2009. He is also charged with attempted first-degree murder of officer trainee Britt Sweeney, Brenton’s partner.

He was also charged with attempted first-degree murder against Sgt. Gary Nelson, due to his alleged actions when he was apprehended.

The prosecution contends that when Monfort attempted to kill additional officers with flammable devices he had planted at the Charles Street Vehicle Services Facility, which is used by Seattle police; those actions resulted in another charge of attempted arson.

Monfort had pleaded not guilty.

accusedcopkillerSEATTLE — Christopher Monfort,42, is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to charges stemming from the shooting of police officer Timothy Brenton, according to King County Superior Court documents.

Monfort is charged with killing Brenton on Oct. 31, 2009. His trial date is tentatively set for Sept. 13 2013.

According to the Seattle Weekly, Monfort’s lawyers are relying on the insanity defense in hopes of preventing the death penalty for Monfort. If King County attorneys drop the death penalty charge, it’s entirely possible Monfort would plead guilty to the murder of Brenton, the Weekly reported.

Monfort was charged with aggravated first-degree murder for shooting and killing Brenton as he sat in his patrol car on Halloween Night, 2009. He is also charged with attempted first-degree murder of officer trainee Britt Sweeney, Brenton’s partner.

When Monfort was apprehended, police said he attempted to kill additional officers with flammable devices he had planted at the Charles Street Vehicle Services Facility, which is used by Seattle police; those actions resulted in another charge of attempted arson.

Police shot Monfort and left him paralyzed from the waist down shortly after he confronted deputies.

His alleged actions spurred King County prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

“The magnitude of the crimes with which the defendant is charged  and the absence of significant mitigating factors, convinced me that we should submit this case to the jury with the full range of applicable punishments, including the possibility of the death penalty,” King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said in 2012.

accusedcopkillerSEATTLE – A trial date has been set Christopher Monfort, charged with killing police officer Timothy Brenton on Oct. 31, 2009.

Judge Ronald Kessler set the trial date at Friday afternoon’s status conference. Four initial pre-trial hearings were also scheduled, the first is set for August 3.

Monfort has been charged with aggravated first-degree murder for shooting and killing Brenton as he sat in his patrol car.He is also charged with attempted first-degree murder of officer trainee Britt Sweeney, Brenton’s partner. He was also charged with attempted first-degree murder against Sgt. Gary Nelson, due to his actions when he was apprehended.

When Monfort was apprehended, he attempted to kill additonal officers with flammable devices he had planted at the Charles Street Vehicle Services Facility, which is used by Seattle police; those actions resulted in another charge of attempted arson.

Monfort has drawn a lot of attention throughout his court appearances due to his numerous outbursts.

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg is seeking the death penalty against Monfort.

“The intentional, premeditated and random slaying of a police officer is deserving of the full measure of punishment under the law,” Satterberg said when he announced he was seeking the death penalty against Monfort. “The magnitude of the crimes with which the defendant is charged, and the absence of significant mitigating factors, convinced me that we should submit this case to the jury with the full range of applicable punishments, including the possibility of the death penalty.”

Monfort has pleaded not guilty.

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