Documents: Inmate wants death for killing correctional officer

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Byron Scherf
MONROE, Wash. - Byron Scherf, the inmate who has confessed to killing Monroe correctional officer Jayme Biendl, wants the death penalty, according to court documents obtained by KOMO News.

"I took her life and I think I should forfeit mine," Scherf told authorities, according to the court documents.

Scherf said he believes prosecutors should try him for aggravated first-degree murder in Biendl's death and seek the death penalty.

"If I get a life sentence and she's dead, then there's no punishment attached to it because I already have a life sentence," Scherf told detectives on Feb. 9, according to the documents.

According to court records released earlier, Scherf admitted strangling Biendl to death Jan. 29 at the prison chapel of the Monroe Correctional Complex in an interview with Monroe police detectives.

Scherf appeared in Snohomish County Superior Court on Thursday, but said nothing during the hearing.

The judge at Thursday's hearing set Scherf's bail at $1 million, and Snohomish County prosecutors said they have not yet decided whether they will seek the death penalty in the case.

Scherf told detectives that Biendl said something that made him angry as they were talking in the prison chapel.

"I got to the point where I knew I was going to kill her," he told detectives, according to a transcript of the interview.

Scherf said he waited for everyone else to leave the chapel area, then attacked and strangled Biendl with an amplifier cord.

Her body was found more than an hour later, and attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.