Defendants in Susie Ko Murder Case Delay Pleas

Darnell and Tania Washington appeared in Contra Costa County Superior Court Friday.

-Bay City News

The couple accused of murdering retired schoolteacher Susie Ko in her Hercules home last month appeared together for the first time in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Richmond Friday afternoon.

Southern California residents Darnell Washington, 24, and Tania Lejeune Washington, 25, appeared on murder charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of 55-year-old Ko on Oct. 5.

Originally scheduled to enter pleas to the charges today, both defendants opted to delay their pleas until Dec. 7.

The pair was recently extradited separately from King County, Wash., where they were arrested on Oct. 10 after police spotted them in a blue Subaru stolen from Ko's home the night of her murder.

Police said the arrests came after a crime spree throughout California that allegedly included Tania Washington aiding her husband's escape from a San Bernardino County Jail and Darnell Washington allegedly shooting a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will proceed with the couple's case there after court proceedings in Contra Costa County, prosecutor Molly Manoukian said. 

Investigators from both counties continue to gather evidence in the cases against the Washingtons.

Manoukian declined to say what that evidence includes in connection with the Hercules homicide since the investigation is ongoing.

Both defendants, as currently charged, are eligible for the death penalty under state law, she said.

Louise B. November 17, 2012 at 02:40 AM
If they receive the death penalty, they can count on at least an additional 20 years of living the good life in a prison before the penalty is carried out.
Bud Burlison November 17, 2012 at 03:14 AM
It's going to be an interesting trial. I hope to discover what brought them to Hercules, to a small residential court to allegedly commit this crime.
None November 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
If they and their (court appointed) lawyers cannot convince a judge and a jury that they are completely innocent of all of these crimes within 30 days, then why not get a rope? It’s time for them to go away. This type of crime is against our civilized society should be held as totally unacceptable by all of us, so why doesn’t our society decide that this type of activity is totally unacceptable and carry out the punishment?
Bud Burlison November 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hmmm. 30 days eh. If I remember correctly, the people that are guarding them have guns. Loaded guns. But, what the heck. Give it a shot anyway Richard.


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