Seattle Times | Jury votes to execute Kirkland killer of 4

A King County jury this afternoon recommended sentencing Conner Schierman to death for killing a Kirkland woman, her two young sons and sister. Here, he enters the courtroom to hear sentencing Wednesday.

A King County jury on Wednesday afternoon recommended Conner Schierman be sentenced to death for killing a Kirkland woman, her two young sons and her sister in 2006.

Schierman, 28, faced the possibility of life in prison without parole, but jurors, after about a day and a half of deliberating, decided he should be executed for the crimes. In Washington state, a killer convicted of aggravated murder can only receive the death penalty if a jury is unanimous.

The same 12 jurors who recommended the death penalty found Schierman guilty last month of four counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Olga Milkin, 28; her sons Justin, 5, and Andrew, 3; and Milkin's sister, Lyubov Botvina, 24. Schierman was also convicted of one count of first-degree arson for setting the Milkins' home ablaze after the slayings.

A second trial, called the penalty phase, followed as jurors weighed Schierman's punishment. The second trial allowed the prosecution and the defense to focus solely on the victims as well as Schierman's character.

The Seattle Times

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