Ridgway could face death penalty

Gary Leon Ridgway could get the death penalty if he is convicted of four counts of aggravated first-degree murder in connection with four Green River killings.

King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng last Monday filed his decision to seek the death penalty against Ridgway.

Maleng said there aren’t sufficient mitigating circumstances that would call for leniency in Ridgway’s capital murder trial.

The only other punishment for aggravated murder is life in prison.

Ridgway has been charged with the 1980s murders of Marcia Chapman, 31, Cynthia Hinds, 17, Opal Mills, 16, and Carol Ann Christensen, 21.

The bodies of Chapman, Hinds and Mills were found in the Green River on Aug. 15, 1982. Christensen’s body was found on May 8, 1983, in a wooded area of Maple Valley.

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