Another Try: State Set Friday for First Execution Since 2001

A last minute appeal thwarted a Clallam County man from being executed in December. Now, another defendant is headed for Walla Walla’s death chamber, and is down to his last week to live.

On Friday, corrections officials are planning to carry out the lethal injection of Cal Coburn Brown, 50 (at left), convicted of the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Holly Washa near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 1991.

It would mark the first execution in the state since 2001, and just the fifth in Washington since 1963.

Here’s AP’s take on the crime:

South of Seattle, near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Brown helpfully pointed to Holly Washa’s rear tire, indicating a problem. When she opened her car door to check it out, he carjacked her at knifepoint.

For the next 36 hours, Brown robbed, raped and tortured Washa, before stabbing and strangling her. Days later, arrested for attacking the woman in California, Brown directed police to Washa’s battered body in the trunk of her car.

Seventy-seven inmates have been executed in Washington since 1904. For more on the Washington’s death penalty, click here.

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