Defense attorneys in the Mukilteo shooting case need to make an argument why Allen Ivanov should not face the death penalty. Tuesday, a judge granted them more time to make their case.
Ivanov's lawyers now have until December 20 to present any mitigating factors as to why Snohomish county prosecutor Mark Roe should not pursue the death penalty.
As 19-year-old Ivanov walked down the hallway into court, his mother was waiting for him sitting on the bench. She told him she loved him and immediately he became emotional.
Anna Ivanov told us off camera she came to court so that she could see her son in person. She asked that we pass on a message to the victims' families. She said "please tell them I feel for them. That I bleed with them."
Within a couple of minutes in the courtroom, Ivanov’s mood changed quickly. He was smiling and laughing with his attorneys, but it's his mindset before the shootings that will be under scrutiny.
The latest search warrant documents reveal more of what Ivanov said to police during his first interrogation.
A detective wrote, "At first, Ivanov claimed that the shooting was an accident and that once he pulled the trigger momentum overtook him."
Documents depict Ivanov driven by anger and jealousy over his ex-girlfriend Anna Bui, who was killed along with Jake Long and Jordan Ebner.
When the detective challenged him on who he wanted to shoot, Ivanov said, "I think boys, I wasn't thinking about killing Anna, it was just those guys. I did not want to kill Anna. It was just in that moment I saw her. I wasn't thinking, so I pulled the trigger."
Being able to prove Ivanov's intent will factor into whether prosecutors pursue the death penalty against him.
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