News of the moratorium is painful to many of the families whose loved ones were killed by a death row inmate.
Lee Peden's daughter was raped and stabbed to death in her Tacoma home in 1996. Allan Eugene Gregory was arrested and sentenced to death two years later.
Now, Peden is is forced to relive the painful case all over again.
"I don't think (the governor) has the right to do this," she sayid. "The death penalty was voted in. If it’s to be overturned, or a moratorium, it should be again done by voters of the state of Washington."
For Peden, the pain is worse given that her daughter's killer had his death sentence overturned once before already. The Washington Supreme Court tossed it out on November 30, 2006. The original charge was upheld in a retrial and the death sentence was reissued on June 13, 2012.
"I miss my daughter, and when this keeps coming back like this, it just gets harder," she said.