King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg now has until Oct. 20 to decide whether Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe should face the death penalty in connection with the slayings of six members of Anderson's family on Christmas Eve.

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King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg now has until Oct. 20 to decide whether Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe should face the death penalty in connection with the slayings of six members of Anderson’s family on Christmas Eve.

King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell this morning granted the extension for the decision — originally due by next Thursday — after attorneys on both sides agreed. The extension gives Anderson’s new attorneys more time to prepare a mitigation packet that will argue against the death penalty.

Anderson and McEnroe, her former boyfriend, are each charged with six counts of aggravated murder in connection with the fatal shootings of her parents, Wayne, 60, and Judith Anderson, 61; her brother, Scott, and his wife, Erica, both 32; and the couple’s two children, Olivia, 5, and Nathan, 3, inside the elder Andersons’ Carnation home.

If Satterberg decides to seek the death penalty, Anderson and McEnroe would either face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted as charged.

In a jailhouse interview with The Times, Anderson, 29, said that years of physical and emotional abuse led her to “snap” just before she barged into her parents’ home with McEnroe and fatally shoot her family. Death, she said, is the only fair punishment.

Natalie Singer: 206-464-2704 or nsinger@seattletimes.com