Court upholds Cross' death sentence

Last Thursday, attorneys for Snoqualmie convicted killer Davya Cross failed to convince the state Supreme Court that their client should receive the same consideration as convicted Green River killer Gary Ridgway, who pleaded guilty to 48 counts of murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Cross, convicted in May 2001, killed his wife Anouchka Baldwin, 37, and her daughters, Salome Holly, 18, and Amanda Baldwin, 15, in 1999.

Baldwin's youngest daughter, Melissa Baldwin, then 13, was held hostage during the murders, but later managed to escape.

The case has been active in the Washington court system for seven years.

At his arraignment in 1999, Cross began the nearly decade-long court process by entering an insanity plea. At the conclusion of a competency hearing in September 2001, Cross was declared fit to stand trial. Cross then entered a modified guilty plea to three counts of aggravated murder. At sentencing in June 2001, the jury voted unanimously to impose the death penalty.

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