SEATTLE - The trials for the accused killers in the 2007 Christmas Eve murders in Carnation could soon move forward. But before they do, the defense is asking a judge to drop the death penalty for Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe. An attorney filed the motion, which is now being considered by the judge.

Anderson and McEnroe were both in court Wednesday afternoon as the judge heard arguments from prosecutors and the defense. If convicted, the defense believes the maximum penalty should be life in prison.

I cannot believe it has been six years next week, said Pamela Mantle, a relative of the victims. Just disappointed that we are still here.

The suspects are accused of killing six members of Anderson s family. Mantle said she is tired of waiting for justice for her daughter and grandkids. She s hoping for a trial early next year.

The pain never goes away. The feelings of despair, just everything, it is just horrible, said Mantle.

At one point the death penalty was not an option, but a court ruling changed that. The judge is expected to rule on the motion soon, but there is no timetable.

Prosecutors said they could be ready to go to trial in late February.

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