Anderson Murder Trial Nearly Ready For Jury
Seattle Times Eastside Bureau
Jurors in Seattle were to begin deliberation this afternoon in the quadruple-murder trial of David Anderson.
During a short defense that lasted only a few hours yesterday, attorney Michael Kolker said there was talk of violence and mayhem, collections of knives and other weapons in Anderson's inner circle, but that it was all pretend.
He reiterated that his client's fantasy role-playing involving violence never became a reality.
Kolker argued in closing remarks today in King County Superior Court that Alex Baranyi alone killed four members of the Wilson family and that Anderson's fascination with knives and crime was part of a game. Anderson, 19, is charged with four counts of aggravated murder in the Jan. 3, 1997, killings and would be imprisoned for life without parole if found guilty.
His best friend, Baranyi, already has been sentenced to life for killing William, Rose, Kimberly and Julia Wilson in Bellevue.
Yesterday, Anderson's former high-school sweetheart testified that he and Baranyi were inseparable and even borrowed each other's clothes.
Laurie Buehler recalled Baranyi borrowing Anderson's footwear but, during cross-examination, she said she had no knowledge of what Anderson wore the night of the crime. Prosecutors say Anderson's boots contained drops of blood belonging to two of the Wilsons.
Witnesses also testified that Anderson wanted to kill for the experience of it. But Buehler said it was common for Anderson and
his friends to talk about weapons and graphic violence as part of their game.
"We basically joked around . . . it was slapstick humor," she said.
Anderson's older brother, Troy, also testified that he, along with Anderson and Baranyi, wore torn pieces from a black T-shirt over their heads when they worked. A black cloth was found at the crime scene, and a similar cloth was found on a truck driven by Anderson.
Prosecutors contended that Anderson lured 20-year-old Kimberly Wilson to Woodridge Water Tower Park, where Baranyi beat and strangled her before the two went to her house to kill her parents and sister.
But Anderson's attorney said the two bags of clothes, knives and baseball bats found in Anderson's bedroom contained no bloodstains and that no weapons or clothing were recovered from the crime scene.
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