Prosecutor to seek death penalty for Christopher Monfort

Prosecutor to seek death penalty for Christopher Monfort

Credit: KING

Christopher Monfort, accused of murdering a Seattle police officer, appears at a case setting hearing in King County Superior Court on Thursday, March 11, 2010.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 6:17 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 2 at 11:54 AM

SEATTLE - King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg announced Thursday he plans to seek the death penalty in the case of Christopher Monfort.

Monfort is charged with aggravated murder in the shooting of Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton. Officer Brenton was shot and killed on Halloween night near Seattle's Leschi neighborhood while training fellow officer Britt Sweeney. Officer Sweeney survived the gun assasult.

Monfort has pleaded not guilty.

Monfort is also charged with attempted first degree murder of Seattle Police Sergeant Gary Nelson, arising from Montfort's conduct when apprehended, and the arson and attempted murder of additional law enforcement personnel stemming from bombs that were planted at the Charles Street Vehicle Services Facility used by the Seattle Police Department, according to a press release from Satterberg's office.

A court hearing in Monfort's case was scheduled for Thursday morning. Satterberg's decision was announced one day ahead of the legal deadline for filing the notice.

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