• Lawyer of woman in Carnation murder spree asks for TV time for suspect


    SEATTLE - The lawyers of a woman accused of killing six family members, including two young children, on Christmas Eve six years ago said her constitutional rights are being violated.

    Michele Anderson's defense lawyers argued in court Tuesday that she should have TV access, a radio, and more time out of her cell.

    But when Anderson sat down at the defense table, she seemed to be unaware of the request.

    “I don't want a TV and a radio.  I want court clothes.  Why would you say things that I didn't even say?” said Anderson.

    The public defender argued Anderson needs the extra sensory stimulation to open up and assist them in preparing her defense.

    The judge said there was no factual basis for the argument and denied the motion.

    In Carnation on Christmas Eve 2007, Anderson and her boyfriend Joseph McEnroe went to her parents' rural home.

    Prosecutors said Anderson shot and killed her father, brother and sister-in-law.

    McEnroe is accused of killing three others -- Anderson's mother, niece and nephew.

    The children were 6 and 3 years old.

    Prosecutors haven't officially given a motive, but early on, investigators believed it may have been a dispute over money.

    After six years in jail, Anderson’s attorneys claim her right to prepare and present a defense is being violated without access to TV and radio.

    Prosecutors said all that Tuesday’s hearing shows is that Anderson refuses to cooperate.

    Her lawyers claim Anderson is mentally ill, though the judge has ruled she's competent to stand trial.

    In January, on a technicality, a King County judge ruled prosecutors could not seek the death penalty against Anderson and McEnroe.

    That issue is now on appeal with the State Supreme Court.

    If Anderson is found guilty and sentenced to death, she would be the first woman in Washington State history to receive the death penalty.

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