Evidence disputed for Monroe prison murder trial

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Another hearing Monday in Everett will help determine whether a confession can be used as evidence in the murder trial of an inmate accused of strangling a corrections officer in the chapel of the Washington state Reformatory at Monroe.

Lawyers for Byron Scherf want to keep his statements to detectives out of the trial that could result in a death penalty.

In interviews recorded on video Scherf described killing Jayme Biendl in January 2011 with an amplifier cord and said he was angry over something she'd said about his wife.

The Daily Herald reports (http://is.gd/ooUwLQ ) Scherf has stopped cooperating with investigators because he is not being allowed access to snacks and other privileges at the Snohomish County Jail in Everett.

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