Times: State cannot seek death penalty against Christopher Monfort

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by SARA JEAN GREEN / The Seattle Times

NWCN.com

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 12:22 AM

A King County Superior Court judge on Friday tossed out the death penalty in the case against accused cop-killer Christopher Monfort, but ruled the case could proceed as a capital case so as not to delay his trial.

Chief Criminal Judge Ronald Kessler ruled that King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg abused his discretion by conducting a “flawed and minimalist” investigation into mitigating factors that could have merited leniency for Monfort — a life sentence instead of death.

According to court records, the mitigation investigator hired by the prosecutor’s office conducted 25 interviews by phone and email with some of Monfort’s associates, including some with limited contact with him, before Satterberg decided to seek the death penalty.

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