Jurors Visit Grave of Mail-Order Bride
LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) _ Jurors who convicted a man of murder in the death of his mail-order bride wept as they brought potted plants to her parents and flowers to her grave.
Ten of the 12 jurors and an alternate in the five-week trial visited the grave of Anastasia Solovieva King on Sunday in Seattle’s suburbs.
``I feel Anastasia has become a part of my life,″ juror Robbie Lovejoy said. ``I needed to put her to rest like (her parents) put her to rest.″
The visit came three days after the jury convicted Indle Gifford King Jr., 40, of first-degree murder and witness tampering in the strangling death of his 20-year-old wife. Her body was found on an Indian reservation in December 2000, about three months after she was last seen alive.
Daniel Kristopher Larson, a boarder at King’s house, testified that the 270-pound King sat on his wife while Larson strangled her with a necktie. Larson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a plea agreement. King’s lawyers contended Larson acted alone.
King faces 21 to 28 years in prison under state guidelines when he is sentenced March 27.
Jurors shook hands with the dead woman’s father, Anatoliy Soloviev, at the cemetery, and hugged her mother, Alevtina ``Alla″ Solovieva. The parents came from their home in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan to testify.
The Kings were married in 1998 through a service that matches prospective mates. She was from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and was King’s second mail-order bride. The previous marriage ended in divorce.
One juror, Thomas Greenhaw, said he has a daughter about the same age as Anastasia, who was described by friends as a talented pianist.
``I had to be here for her parents,″ Greenhaw said. ``Parents aren’t supposed to bury their kids.″