KING5 : Convicted Kirkland murderer plans to beg jury for his life

According to KING 5 News, convicted quadruple murderer, 28-year-old Conner Schierman, plans to take the stand and beg for mercy from the jury on Monday.

Schierman is in the penalty phase of his trial, after being found guilty last month of murdering four people in 2006; then burning their Kirkland home down in an attempt to hide the evidence.

Now the jury must decide if Schierman should receive life in prison, or death by lethal injection.

Sources tell KING 5 that Schierman will participate in what’s called an allocution on Monday. Defendants in death penalty cases may allocute—take the stand to beg for mercy—without having to face cross examination by the prosecution.

During the allocution Schierman may not talk about any facts of the case. If he does, the prosecutor would then be able to question him. This will be the first time the jury will hear Schierman speak. He did not take the stand in the murder trial.

The jury found him guilty of murdering his neighbors: 28-year-old Olga Milken, her two sons 5-year-old Justin, and 3-year-old Andrew, and Olga’s sister, 24-year-old Luba Botvina.

During this phase of the trial, the jury must determine if Conner Schierman should receive life in prison, or death.

Since June 6, 1996 inmates have been able to choose if their execution will be carried out by lethal injection or hanging. If the person makes no decision, the default method is lethal injection. It should also be noted that Washington is the only state with an active gallows (Delaware dismantled theirs in 2003).

According to the Revised Code of Washington § 10.95.180, executions in Washington:[1]

"…shall be inflicted by intravenous injection of a substance or substances in a lethal quantity sufficient to cause death and until the defendant is dead, or, at the election of the defendant, by hanging by the neck until the defendant is dead."