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Mother Charged in Slaying of 2 Daughters

June 15, 2004|From Associated Press

STEVENSON, Wash. — A mother who authorities said confessed to fatally shooting her two young daughters and burying them in a rock pit was charged Monday with two counts of aggravated murder.

Prosecutors will have a month to decide whether to seek the death penalty for Charlene Dorcy, 39, after she enters a plea Thursday. Her bail was set at $1 million. Dorcy answered the judge's questions in a monotone during a hearing. Her public defender, Robert Lewis, declined to comment.

Dorcy confessed to the killings Saturday, hours after she said she drove 2-year-old Brittney and 4-year-old Jessica to a national forest and shot them, said Sheriff Dave Brown.

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