Christmas Eve murder suspect to be evaluated

Christmas Eve murder suspect to be evaluated
Michele Anderson, center, is escorted into King County Superior Court on Thursday, January 10, 2007.
SEATTLE (AP) - A woman accused of killing six members of her Carnation family will be evaluated to determine whether she's mentally fit to face the charges against her.

King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell on Friday ordered that two mental health professionals - one for the prosecution and one for the defense - assess the mental state of 29-year-old Michele Anderson at the King County Jail.

Ramsdell declined her lawyers' request to close Friday's hearing to the public.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is expected to decide by Aug. 4 whether to seek the death penalty against the woman and her 29-year-old boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe.

NcEnroe faces the same six aggravated-murder charges in the Christmas Eve slayings.

Defense lawyers are compiling information about the pair in hopes of persuading Satterberg that capital punishment is not warranted.

Anderson and McEnroe are charged accused in the shooting deaths of Anderson's parents, Wayne and Judy Anderson; her brother, Scott; his wife, Erica; and their children, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan.