Prosecutors will not seek death penalty for accused Carnation killer

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SEATTLE -- Prosecutors announced Wednesday they will no longer seek the death penalty for accused Carnation killer Michele Anderson.

King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said his office will seek life in prison, not the death penalty, for 36-year-old Anderson. Anderson is accused of killing six members of her family, along with convicted killer Joseph McEnroe, on Christmas Eve 2007.

Satterberg says the victims' family supports the decision to remove the death penalty from the table. The decision was largely influenced by McEnroe's recent sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

McEnroe admitted to personally killing five of the six victims.

According to the Seattle Times, the decision to remove the death penalty is not contingent with a possible plea deal. Anderson's trial is scheduled for this fall.

Conner Schierman was the last person sentenced to death in King County. Schierman was found guilty of killing a young family of four in Kirkland in 2006.

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