Murder suspect: 'I had to put 'em out of their misery'

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by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 7:13 PM

A 69-year-old Puyallup man was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder following the shootings of his adult children.

Michael League shared a home with his wife, adult son and daughter, and two grandchildren.

It was about 3:30 Sunday morning when he made the call to 911, telling the dispatcher he had shot his two adult children in the head.

"I had to put ‘em out of their misery, get rid of their demons and now I'm gonna shoot myself,” he said.

The daughter, Danielle Faucett, 43, died Sunday. The son, Dennis League, 46, remains hospitalized with critical injuries.

League was wheeled into court on Monday afternoon. His friend in the courtroom said he’s “a broken man."
   
Responding to the judge’s questions, his voice was barely audible, his head low as he was charged with murder and attempted murder.
   
Friends and family members say Michael and his wife shared their home with daughter Danielle, son Dennis, and Dennis' two boys, ages 6 and 7.
   
Court documents say the suspect's wife told police their son Dennis had an alcohol problem and daughter was schizophrenic.
   
Michael League told detectives of a long history of family issues and had decided there was no other way to resolve them.
   
So he first went into his daughter's room and shot her in the head as she slept, using a pillow to muffle the sound. Then he shot his son. who was asleep on the couch in the living room.
   
League’s wife told police the family was under enormous stress.
   
Friends in court Monday said he was a man who was pushed to the brink.       

"Something snapped, that's not the friend I know,” said Michael McArthur.

“That's not Michael,” said Donna McArthur.

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