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Originally published March 11, 2009 at 3:59 PM | Page modified March 11, 2009 at 6:46 PM

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Judge declines to delay Brown execution

A Thurston County judge today denied a stay of execution for convicted killer Cal Coburn Brown, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Friday, according to King County prosecutors.

Seattle Times staff reporter

A Thurston County judge today denied a stay of execution for convicted killer Cal Coburn Brown, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection early Friday morning.

Brown, 50, was convicted of murdering Holly Washa, 22, by a King County jury in 1993.

Superior Court Judge Chris Wickham refused Brown's motion to join another lawsuit challenging the state's right to administer lethal injection.

Brown kidnapped Washa in 1991 at knife point near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, raped her several times, then slashed her throat.

Earlier this week, the state Supreme Court also declined to stay Brown's execution. The court heard from Brown's defense team last Thursday.

Unless other appeals are successful, Brown would become the first person executed in Washington since 2001.

Sharon Pian Chan: 206-464-2958 or schan@seattletimes.com

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