Judge blocks lawyers from leaving Carnation killing case

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has denied a request by defense lawyers to be removed from the case of a woman accused of killing six family members in her parents' rural Carnation home.

Our news partners The Seattle Times report that attorney Colleen O'Connor on Tuesday told the King County Superior Court judge that her client, Michele Anderson, had been speaking to a cellmate about the case despite being told repeatedly not to speak about it, making it difficult to proceed.

Anderson is set to go to trial Monday. She and her former boyfriend, Joseph McEnroe, are accused of fatally shooting Anderson's parents, her brother, her sister-in-law and her niece and nephew on Christmas Eve 2007.

McEnroe was sentenced to six life terms in June after the jury failed to agree on the death penalty.