Two plead not guilty in Seattle to Carnation killings
Associated Press - January 10, 2008 1:15 PM ET
SEATTLE (AP) - The woman and her boyfriend accused of killing six members of her family on Christmas Eve at Carnation have pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Seattle.
The judge read each charge to Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe separately and took the pleas. Anderson and McEnroe, who are both 29, gave their names and said they understood the charges, but their lawyers entered the pleas.
The judge set the next pre-trial hearing in the case for Jan. 29.
Friends and relatives of the victims held each other in the courtroom and cried as each count was read.
McEnroe appeared clean-shaven and with a haircut since his last court appearance when he had a beard and long hair. Anderson's face was nearly covered by her long hair and she spoke in a soft voice.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is deciding whether to seek the death penalty if Anderson and McEnroe are convicted of the aggravated murder charges.
Prosecutors say the two gunned down Anderson's parents, her brother, his wife, and their two young children.
The victims were 60-year-old Boeing engineer Wayne Anderson, 61-year-old Carnation postal carrier Judy Anderson, their 32-year-old son Scott, who was a construction foreman, and his 32-year-old wife Erica, and their children, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan.
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