Death penalty cases costing King County millions

Aug 15, 2011

King County prosecutors have spent nearly $700,000 on two active death penalty cases, but the defense cost is even higher — $4.3 million and climbing.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told The Seattle Times death penalty opponents are trying to hold off executions by running up the bills for investigators, forensics and expert witnesses.

Satterberg says if people want to change the death penalty law, they should do it through their elected representatives.

Satterberg currently is seeking the death penalty against Christopher Monfort, who is accused of killing a Seattle police officer on Halloween 2009, and against Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe, who are accused of killing six members of her family on Christmas Eve 2007.