Tuesday, August 24, 2010
WALLA WALLA - Four members of a murdered woman's family will witness her killer's death next month.
The family members will be among the 12 official witnesses approved to attend the execution for Cal Coburn Brown, which is scheduled to take place the early morning of Sept. 10 at Washington State Penitentiary. Other witnesses will be King County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Satterberg and seven members of the media.
The execution will be the first one in Washington state since 2001, when convicted murdered James Elledge was put to death by lethal injection.
Brown, 52, was convicted of raping, torturing and killing Holly Washa in a Sea-Tac hotel room in 1991. After leaving the 22-year old woman's body in the trunk of her car, Brown fled to California where he was arrested after being accused of another brutal sexual assault and murder.
Representing the victim's family at the execution will be Washa's father, John Washa, her brother, Roger Washa, and two sisters, Becky and Karen Washa. The sisters and brother were among the witnesses scheduled to watch Brown die on March 13, 2009, when the execution was stayed by the Washington State Supreme Court only hours before it was to occur.
Satterberg will represent the judicial officers of King County, where Brown was tried and convicted.
The media witnesses will be Shannon Dininny of the Associated Press, Tom Durian of KHQ-TV, Elsaveta Loevsky of KNDU-TV, Patricia Murphy of KUOW public radio, Andy Porter of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Liz Rocca of KOMO-TV and Jennifer Sullivan of the Seattle Times.
Penitentiary Superintendent Stephen Sinclair said there were no applications from law enforcement, Brown's defense counsel or members of his family to witness the execution.