Death Penalty Considered in Carnation Slayings

Charges give chilling details of six deaths
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2007 11:10 AM CST
Ben Anderson, grandson of a couple killed along with four other family members, watches during a hearing in a King County Jail courtroom, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, in Seattle. Ben Anderson's aunt and her...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Murder charges filed yesterday in the Christmas Eve slaying of six family members in a house in Carnation, Wash., added chilling details to the account of the deaths, and made the perpetrators liable for the death penalty, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Michelle Anderson and Joseph McEnroe have been charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the killing of Anderson's parents, brother, and his wife and two children.

The two confessed to the killings and gave detailed accounts of what occurred. The last to die were the two children; their mother, already wounded, begged the shooters to spare their lives, but McEnroe shot them each in the head, apologizing to each before firing. Each of the six counts the two face can be a capital offense in Washington state, and the prosecutor has promised to give the option serious consideration.