State v. Gregory – Washington Supreme Court

Court: Washington Supreme Court
Case No.: 
Hearing Date: 
February 25, 2016

Case Description:
Mr. Gregory was first convicted and sentenced to death in 2001 for the rape and murder of 43-year-old Geneine Harshfield. Having previously upheld Allen Eugene Gregory’s conviction for aggravated first degree murder, this case brought forth several statutory and constitutional challenges to Gregory’s death penalty sentence.

Background Information:
For a complete history of the case, and to watch the oral argument, please click here

The Washington Supreme Court decided State v. Gregory on October 11, 2018. The court decided that the death penalty, as administered in Washington, fails to serve any legitimate penological goal; thus, it violates article I, section 14 of the Washington constitution. Please click here to read the full opinion.