Schierman guilty of murdering Kirkland family

Schierman guilty of murdering Kirkland family

Credit: KING

Conner Schierman

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by KING5.com Staff and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 12 at 12:43 PM

SEATTLE – Conner Schierman has been found guilty of four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of a Kirkland, Wash. family.

Now, a jury will decide if he will be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison. The penalty phase is expected to begin later this week.

Prosecutors accused Schierman, 28, of the July 16, 2006 stabbing deaths of Olga Milkin her sister Lyubov Botvina and Olga's children – 5-year-old son Justin and 3-year-old son Andrew.

Authorities say Schierman set fire to the house to cover up the crime.

Milkin’s husband, Leonid, was serving in the military overseas when the crimes occurred.

Defense attorney James Conroy says he disagrees with the verdict. He says he'll persuade the jury not to impose the death penalty by showing Schierman is a good person.

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