- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A King County prosecutor has told jurors in the aggravated murder trial of a man accused of killing a Seattle police officer that while the defendant is “not normal,” that doesn’t make him insane.

Christopher Monfort’s defense team has tried to convince Seattle jurors that the 46-year-old is not guilty by reason of insanity.

The man has been on trial since January, charged with five felonies, including aggravated murder in the Oct. 31, 2009, fatal shooting of Officer Timothy Brenton. Monfort is also accused of trying to kill other officers, including Brenton’s partner.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/hSOKFk ) that in closing arguments Wednesday, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Baird said Monfort was a violent extremist who was cold and calculated in his plans to kill police.

Closing arguments are expected to continue through Friday. Conviction on aggravated murder could bring the death penalty.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


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