Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe have been residents of King County Jail for nearly six years far longer than any other inmate.

As the one-time couple await their respective trials that could result in the death penalty, the cost of their prosecution and defense continues to mount, a figure now approaching a combined $7 million.

And with no firm trial date in sight for either defendant, the expense of defending and prosecuting the pair in connection with the slayings of six members of Anderson s family on Christmas Eve 2007 is the highest in preparing for a potential death-penalty case since the $12 million cost of investigating and prosecuting Green River killer Gary L. Ridgway, the most expensive in county history.

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