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Washington State's First Execution In Nine Years: Cal Coburn Brown

Anna King

Cal Coburn Brown was executed early Friday morning in Walla Walla. It was Washington state's first execution since 2001. The family of Brown's victim was visibly relieved after witnessing the execution at 12:56 a.m.


Cal Coburn Brown didn't directly apologize to his victim's family before his execution. But Holly Washa's loved ones said in a press conference afterward, it's enough that Brown is gone. The victim's father, John Washa, said he misses his daughter's freckles and her blue eyes. Washa said he doesn't hate Brown, the father said that he's done with him after nearly two decades of litigation and sorrow.

John Washa: "He's a very bad person, he did a bad thing to her which he didn't need to do. And with this tonight it brought more closure instead of more hatred. I just feel better now, it's all over, I'm just more at peace."

Brown was convicted of raping, torturing and killing 21–year–old Holly Washa in 1991. Brown gave about a two minute statement before he was executed, saying the justice system had treated him unfairly.

I'm Anna King in Walla Walla.

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