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Prosecutor will not seek death penalty against Drum

July 11th, 2012 - 5:35pm

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County Prosecutor Deborah Kelly will not seek the death penalty against a man accused of committing the murders of two registered sex offenders last month.

34-year-old Patrick Drum of Sequim was formally charged last month in Clallam County Superior Court with the murders of 56-year-old Jerry Ray of Agnew and Gary Blanton, Jr. of Sequim.

In a press release Wednesday, Kelly said during the past weeks, she has spoken with grieving members of the Blanton and Ray families.

Kelly says she has reviewed reports and information furnished by several sources, including law enforcement and stand-by defense counsel.

In order to request the death penalty, the Prosecutor's office must make a determination that there are not sufficient mitigating circumstances to justify leniency.

Kelly has concluded that a jury would likely find mitigating circumstances warranting leniency in the defendant's life history.

Blanton and Ray were both shot multiple times. Ray's body was at a home on Heuslein Road. Blanton's was at a residence on Sequim-Dungeness Way.

Drum was arrested June 3rd after a manhunt in a wooded area near Blue Mountain Road.

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