Seattle Times | Judge confirms death sentence for killer of family of four

Conner Schierman, who killed four members of a Kirkland family, including two small children, was sentenced to death Thursday... Most of the jurors packed the ninth-floor courtroom along with Schierman's family and relatives of victims Olga Milkin, 28; her sons, Justin, 5, and Andrew, 3; and Milkin's sister, Lyubov Botvina, 24.

Schierman, 28, is the first person to be sentenced to death in King County since June 2001, when Dayva Cross was condemned to death for killing his wife and two of her daughters. Cross remains on death row.

Schierman had moved into a duplex across the street from the victims 17 days before the July 16, 2006, slayings. A self-described recovering alcoholic and drug addict, Schierman worked at a pet store and was a maintenance worker in Kirkland.

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