WA convicted killer gets needle

WA convicted killer gets needle
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POSTED: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 3:50am

UPDATED: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 5:48am

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- Convicted killer Cal Coburn Brown was executed early Friday by lethal injection for the rape, torture and murder of a Seattle-area woman, in Washington state's first use of capital punishment in nine years.  Prison officials say Brown, 52, died at 12:56 a.m. PDT, after a four-member team injected a lethal one-drug cocktail in the execution chamber of the Washington State Penitentiary.

The father, brother and two sisters of his victim, Holly Washa, 21, witnessed the execution, as did King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Brown's attorney and members of his family were not present at the execution, though he spoke with them by phone on Thursday.

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