|Suspect in Monroe prison officer’s death due in court|
EVERETT -- The prime suspect in the death of Monroe corrections officer Jayme Biendl is expected to make his first court appearance in the case this afternoon.
Byron Scherf, 52, was booked Wednesday morning for investigation of aggravated first-degree murder and first-degree murder. He's being held at the Snohomish County Jail. He was moved there from the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe three days after Biendl's body was discovered in the reformatory's chapel.
This is the first step toward charging Scherf with aggravated murder. Killing a corrections officer is an aggravating circumstance under Washington law. A conviction could carry the death penalty.
Scherf is expected to appear in Everett District Court via video from jail. A judge will determine if there is probable cause to hold him on the murder allegations. The judge also likely will set a deadline for prosecutors to file charges in Superior Court.
Regardless of what happens in court, Scherf isn't going anywhere -- he is already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
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