A television photographer films pictures displayed at a news conference in Seattle, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, of homemade bombs and other items found in the apartment of Christopher Monfort, the man accused of killing Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton in 2009.
The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that King County prosecutors can seek the death penalty against accused police killer Christopher Monfort.
Monfort is charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of Seattle police officer Tim Brenton four years ago. The high court also wrote that a King County judge improperly intruded on the prosecutor’s discretion to pursue a capital case.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is pushing for tougher penalties for kids that commit crimes with guns in Washington state. Under current rules a judge can call for detention for up to 30 days for the first gun offense. Under the proposed change, juvenile offenders would get a mandatory 10 days in detention after the first offense.