A 16-member jury was selected to hear the aggravated first-degree-murder case against Michele Anderson, who is accused of killing six family members on Christmas Eve 2007. Her former boyfriend is serving six life sentences for his role in the fatal shootings.
Eight men and eight women were selected Wednesday to serve as jurors in the trial of Michele Anderson, who is accused of gunning down six members of her family in her parents’ rural Carnation home on Christmas Eve 2007.
Juror summons were sent to 1,500 people in the fall, and from that pool, 142 prospective jurors appeared in King County Superior Court for voir dire questioning that began Monday. Of the 16 jurors selected, four alternates will be randomly chosen after closing arguments.
Opening statements in the case against Anderson, who is charged with six counts of aggravated first-degree murder, are scheduled for Tuesday. Her trial is expected to last six weeks.
Anderson, 37, is accused of participating, along with her then-boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, in fatally shooting her parents, Wayne Anderson, 60, and Judy Anderson, 61; then lying in wait and killing her brother, Scott Anderson, and his wife, Erica Anderson, both 32; and the younger couple’s children, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan.
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While Anderson’s trial was initially a capital case, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced in July that his office would no longer seek the death penalty against her after two other death-penalty trials that resulted in jurors deciding those defendants should, instead, be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release.
One of those cases involved McEnroe, who was convicted in March of the same killings Anderson is accused of committing. He was sentenced to six life terms in June after the jury in his case failed to unanimously agree to impose the death penalty.
In July, another jury unanimously rejected the death penalty for Christopher Monfort, who fatally shot Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton as he and his then-rookie partner sat in their patrol car on Halloween night 2009. Monfort, who was paralyzed below the waist after being shot by police, is also serving a life sentence.