Washington Supreme Court upholds death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for Dayva Cross, who was sentenced to die for killing his wife and two of her daughters in 1999 in Snoqualmie.

In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the court said the death penalty sentence could be based on an Alford plea, in which the defendant admits there is enough evidence for a conviction but doesn't specifically plead guilty.

Cross entered an Alford plea in the stabbing deaths of his wife, Anouchka Baldwin, and two of her teenage daughters. He was arrested after a surviving girl escaped and called police.

Cross was sentenced to death in 2001. He continues to appeal on other issues.


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