The Times' criminal justice team looks behind the scenes and behind the headlines.
January 30, 2009 5:23 AM
Posted by John de Leon
The state state Department of Corrections is preparing for the March 13 execution of Cal Coburn Brown after a federal appeals court lifted a stay. Brown was convicted Dec. 10, 1993, of aggravated first-degree murder for the stabbing and strangulation of Holly Washa, 22, of Burien.
Brown is one of eight men currently on Washington's death row. The others:
Jonathan L. Gentry, convicted in 1991 in Kitsap County of fatally bludgeoning 12-year-old Cassie Holden near Bremerton in 1981.
Darold Stenson, sentenced in Clallam County in 1994 for shooting his wife, Denise, 28, in an effort to collect $800,000 in insurance and then killing Frank Hoerner, 33, to make it look like a love-triangle murder-suicide. Stenson's scheduled December execution was postponed after a judge issued a stay when a former inmate came forward as a possible witness.
Clark Elmore, sentenced in Whatcom County in 1996 for raping and killing 14-year-old Kristy Ohnstad in 1995.
Dwayne L. Woods, convicted June 20, 1997, in Spokane County of two counts of aggravated first-degree murder for killing Telisha Shaver, 22, and Jade Moore, 18.
Dayva Cross, convicted June 22, 2001, in King County for the stabbing deaths of his wife, Anouchka Baldwin, 37, and stepdaughters Amanda Baldwin, 15, and Salome Holle, 18, near Snoqualmie in 1999.
Eugene Allen Gregory, convicted March 22, 2001, in Pierce County of one count of aggravated first-degree murder for the stabbing death of his neighbor, Geneine Harshfield, 43, at her Tacoma home in 1996.
Robert Lee Yates Jr., convicted Oct. 4, 2002, in Pierce County of killing Melinda Mercer, 24, in 1997 and Connie LaFontaine Ellis, 35, in 1998.