Prosecutor, Norm Maleng, announced a team of 4 deputy prosecutors
to will handle the case.
48, a 20-year prosecutor, will lead the team with Patricia
Eakes, Brian McDonald and Marilyn Brenneman.
not talk to the media. "Respectfully, I'd rather not," is his standard
the felony trial unit. He founded the Most Dangerous Offender Project,
bringing prosecutors into homicide cases when police are first called.
He is considered
one of the state's legal experts on DNA evidence.
Baird won convictions against teenagers Alex Baranyi and David Anderson
in the 1997 slayings of a Bellevue family. "He was very clear,
very precise," said Rodney White, jury foreman in the 1999 trial
of 20-year-old David Anderson in a case that also based on DNA.
"He wasn't using those great big 50-cent words."
trying to have a conversation with a jury," said Maleng. No one
does that better than Baird.
"a special gift ... to focus on detail and not be distracted as
some people are," said Tim Bradshaw, senior deputy prosecutor. He
uses flip charts in his closing arguments and is
an expert at evoking emotions at just the right time.
never tried a death-penalty case. He opposes the death penalty,
and cases have been shifted to keep them off his desk. Maleng said,
Baird will be kept on. Maleng has not discussed the issue with him.
Maleng said if the death penalty is sought, responsibility for that
aspect of the case would not rely on Baird.
runs the juvenile section of the Prosecutor's Office and is experienced
in criminal appeals.
Ridgway was ordered to appear in court again Jan. 2, 2002 when
King County prosecutors will decide to seek the death penalty.
has been a huge issue in this case already.
Prosecutor Norm Maleng said he would not accept a guilty plea in
exchange for not pursuing the death penalty. "I will not bargain
with the death penalty," he said. "The mission of this office is
to seek justice."
"it is possible for us to impanel a fair jury here in King County."
say DNA evidence using the latest technology, called STR
testing is the cornerstone of the case. Those DNA tests will
be used in conjunction with any evidence deemed relevant in the
67 pages of evidence to determine if evidence
links him to the slayings will take time.
complex criminal cases, the best way to try a multiple count murder
case is it the same way as trying a single count seems to be the
opinion of prosecutors.
of the King County prosecutor's office are taking bids from firms
specializing in litigation management. The plan is to scan documents
the generated the past two decades into a computer database for
both the prosecution and defense.
office may be seeking "in-kind" donations of time and
materials from Seattle's largest law firms.
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006