Trial starting in Monroe prison guard slaying



EVERETT — Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday in Everett in the aggravated murder trial of an inmate accused of killing a corrections officer at the Washington state Reformatory.

If convicted, Byron Scherf could face the death penalty.

Snohomish County prosecutors say the convicted rapist was already serving a three-strikes life sentence when he strangled Jayme Biendl with an amplifier cord in January 2011 in the prison chapel.

The Daily Herald reports a prison investigation led to the firing of three corrections officers. Others were demoted and disciplined.