Inmate’s confession in guard’s death is admissible



EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A judge has ruled that an inmate’s video-recorded confession can be shown to jurors when the convicted rapist goes on trial in the killing of a Washington corrections officer.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge George Appel ruled Tuesday that Byron Scherf had been provided adequate access to lawyers and understood the rights he was waiving when he answered detectives’ questions.

Scherf is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the January 2011 strangling death of Officer Jayme Biendl in the chapel of the Monroe Corrections Complex. Conviction could bring the death penalty.

According to his statement, Scherf said he advanced on Biendl after others left the chapel, struggled and pinned her down, and wrapped a radio microphone cord around her neck.

His trial is scheduled for March 2013.