Cal Brown timeline


May 24, 1991 -- Brown carjacks Holly Washa, 21, at knifepoint near Sea-Tac Airport. Over the next 36 hours he rapes and tortures her, then strangled and stabbed her, leaving the body in the trunk of her car. He flees to Palm Springs, Calif., where he was arrested for attacking another woman. He confessed to Washa's murder while being questioned by police.

Dec. 10, 1993 -- A jury convicts Brown of aggravated first-degree murder and subsequently sentences him to death.

March 13, 2009 -- After years of appeals and only hours before he is scheduled to die, the state Supreme Court votes 5-4 to issue a stay of execution so Brown can join a lawsuit filed in Thurston County challenging the state's lethal injection protocol.

July 10, 2009 -- After a four-day trial, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Wickham denies the challenge. The case is appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court.

March 8, 2010 -- The Department of Corrections changes the method of lethal injection execution a three-drug combination to a one-drug system. The change makes Washington state the second in the nation after Ohio to adopt the one-drug method.

July 29, 2010 -- In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court dismisses the challenges to the state's lethal injection method. Justices also lift the stay of execution for Brown, re-setting the date for Sept. 30, 2010.

Today -- After state and federal courts turn down last-minute appeals, Brown is executed by lethal injection at Washington State Penitentiary. He was pronounced dead at 12:56 a.m. today. It is the fifth execution carried out in Washington state since 1993 when Westley Allan Dodd was hanged.


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