The state is preparing for its first execution in eight years.
Wired PR News – Washington is set to proceed with its first execution since 2001. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the state is preparing for the execution of 50 year-old Cal Coburn Brown on Friday.
Brown detailed to authorities the torture and murder of a 22 year-old woman in Seattle after being arrested for a subsequent attack. Dan Satterberg, Prosecutor for King County, is quoted in the report as stating of the case, “I’ve been in the prosecutor’s office for 25 years, and I’ve seen a lot of shocking things. But looking at Cal Brown’s sadistic torture spree, really it is about the worst case I’ve ever seen.”
Some are arguing for leniency for Brown, who is said to suffer from bipolar disorder. Jeff Ellis with the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is quoted as stating, “There remains this unfortunate emotional reaction that people who are mentally ill are scary… That’s one of the reactions to Cal Brown’s case. His crime is terrible. He’s a scary person, and he is scary because he is mentally ill.”