A Pierce County judge has given defense attorneys more time to come up with reasons why Prosecutor Mark Lindquist should not pursue the death penalty for the man accused of killing a developmentally disabled South Hill girl.
Superior Court Judge Linda Lee last week signed an order extending Lindquist’s deadline for making a decision on Tyler W. Savage’s case until February.
Savage’s defense attorneys, Michael Kawamura and Leslie Tolzin, requested the extension, saying they needed more time to put together a mitigation package for their client.
Prosecutors did not object to the extension.
Savage, 18, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in Kimberly “Kimmie” Daily’s death. Prosecutors allege he strangled the 16-year-old girl during the course of or after raping her. He’s pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in the Pierce County Jail.
By law, prosecutors have 30 days from arraignment to decide whether to seek the death penalty for a defendant charged with aggravated first-degree murder unless a judge grants an extension. The only other punishment for a conviction on that charge is life in prison without the possibility of release.
Lindquist also is deliberating whether to seek the death penalty for Dorcus Allen, the charged with driving cop killer Maurice Clemmons away from the massacre of four Lakewood police officers last year.