Death penalty decision postponed in NW crime spree

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Lawyers for a couple accused of a Northwest crime spree have more time to collect information on why they should not face the death penalty if they are convicted.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/uYRWvt) the Snohomish County prosecutor is now expected to make that decision in April. The trial for Joey Pedersen and Holly Grigsby is scheduled for September 2012. They made a brief appearance Wednesday in superior court in orange jail jumpsuits marked "ultra security" as their lawyers asked for more time.

Pedersen and Grigsby are charged with aggravated murder in the deaths last September of Pedersen's father and stepmother in Everett.

Pedersen and Grigsby also are accused of killing Cody Myers in western Oregon and Reginald Clark near Eureka, Calif. in early October.

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