The suspect in the murder of Corrections Officer, Jayme Biendl, has been booked into the Snohomish County jail, which is the first step towards formally initiating his prosecution.
The Snohomish County Prosecutor anticipates filing charges into District Court shortly, and a felony dismissal date of March 11, 2011, being set.
Either before or on that March 11 date, charges must either be filed into Superior Court, dismissed, or the felony dismissal date extended by the parties.
At this point, prosecutors anticipate filing charges into Superior Court on or about that March 11 date. That, of course, can change if there are further developments.
Any charges that are filed are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty
This timeline has been communicated in writing to the suspect’s attorney, with a request that any mitigating information the defense wishes to present to must presented by March 7, 2011.
Last week prosecutors met with many members of Officer Biendls’ family to answer their questions, express condolences on their loss, and explain how they intend to handle the case involving her alleged killer.
They expressed their wish that the suspect, if convicted, receive the death penalty. Their wishes are part of what Prosecutor Mark Roe will consider in making that decision.
“We all hope that the focus can remain on Officer Biendl, her sacrifice, and the risks that all law enforcement face every day,” Roe said in a written statement.
The case will be handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors, Ed Stemler and Paul Stern.