The Seattle Times is covering the story of a man accused of the 2006 murder of a Kirkland family including two young sons ages 5 and 3, while their father, a National Guardsman, was serving in Iraq. The remains of the victims were found in their home, which had been destroyed by fire. The victims each had multiple knife wounds.
Conner Schierman, who lived across the street, was quickly arrested. He told authorities that he found himself covered in blood "amongst the deceased" after awakening from an alcohol-induced blackout, according to court documents. His face and neck had deep scratches and his left arm bore a puncture wound.
Schierman, a self-described recovering alcoholic and drug addict, had worked at a pet store and was a maintenance worker in Kirkland. Until his arrest, he had no criminal record.
Now 28, Schierman will face a jury Wednesday for the start of his trial on four counts of aggravated first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson. If convicted of the murder charges, he could face the death penalty.