Pedersen won’t fight death penalty threat

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PORTLAND (AP) — David “Joey” Pedersen told a federal judge he wants to be tried without further delay on charges related to a 2011 killing spree and won’t fight the threat of a death sentence.

Pedersen and co-defendant Holly Ann Grigsby are accused of a white supremacist conspiracy in the killing of an Oregon man, a California man, and Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Washington.

The 32-year-old Pedersen said last fall that he is ready to die in the case. On Tuesday, he informed Judge Ancer Haggerty that he has instructed his lawyers not to present a case against capital punishment.

The government has not said whether it will pursue the death penalty.

According to The Oregonian, the judge told Pedersen he wants the trial to start in May.