Judge rules Scherf confession is open record



EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Snohomish County judge has ruled that documents containing Byron Scherf’s alleged confession to the killing of a Monroe corrections officer are public records and should not be sealed.

Judge Thomas Wynne ruled Wednesday that state law favors public access.

But Scherf’s attorneys said they plan to appeal Wynne’s ruling, so it’s not clear when the records may become public. The 52-year-old Scherf is charged with aggravated murder and could face the death penalty for the Jan. 29 strangling of Jayme Biendl in the chapel at the Washington State Reformatory. The serial rapist already was serving a life sentence when Biendl was killed.


Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com