Execution date set for Tacoma killer, but more appeals likely

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A Pierce County judge Thursday assigned a Tacoma killer a date with the executioner on Dec. 17, but Cecil Davis is expected to appeal again before that day arrives, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Davis, 54, has until Dec. 1 to decide whether he wants to hang or die by lethal injection. But deputy prosecutor John Neeb said he expects the defendant’s defense team to file appeals before then and obtain a stay of execution.

Two juries have decided that Davis should die for murdering 65-year-old Tacoma resident Yoshiko Couch in 1997 while her invalid husband was in the house but unable to help her. Davis also was convicted of murdering Jane Hungerford-Trapp in a separate case. He’s serving a life sentence for that conviction.

Davis is one of nine men on death row at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. The last execution in Washington state was on Sept. 10, 2010.

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