Video confession in Monroe prison guard slaying

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- In a confession recorded on video, inmate Byron Scherf describes how he overpowered corrections officer Jayme Biendl and strangled her in the chapel of a state prison at Monroe.

The confession to Monroe police was played Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court where a judge is deciding whether it will be admitted as evidence in Scherf's aggravated murder trial.

The Daily Herald reports (http://is.gd/dUkZVB ) defense lawyers are expected to raise questions about Scherf's mental state when he spoke to detectives.

Scherf could face the death penalty if he is convicted for the January 2011 slaying.

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