Prosecutors do not intend to seek the death penalty against a Washington state man accused of killing his 3-year-old son near Anaconda this summer.
During an April 2014 trial, Jeremy Brent Cramer of Lacey, Wash., will face life in prison if convicted of mitigated deliberate homicide.
At the trial, slated to begin April 7, 2014, Cramer’s defense attorney also has notified the Anaconda district court of potentially using the defense of compulsion, according to recently filed court documents.
Cramer remains jailed in Anaconda on $250,000 bond.
Cramer, 28, pleaded not guilty in August. He is accused of killing Broderick Daniel Cramer through blunt and sharp force trauma near Anaconda. Investigators located the boy’s body off of Mill Creek Highway in July.
Employees at an Anaconda convenience store alerted police to Cramer, who was attempting to wash blood from his clothing in the restroom. Investigators later found the boy near Cramer’s abandoned truck.
Police found bloody keys and a knife on Cramer, along with an empty container for a generic substitute of the stimulant Adderall, when he was arrested, according to court documents. The label on the container said the prescription had been filled only five days before.
Cramer phoned his father after he was arrested and told him in the recorded call that he ran out of gas and he started walking down the rural road with his son on his shoulders, prosecutors allege. A partial transcript of the phone call says Cramer told his father he killed his own son, and he didn’t know why. He asked “Why did I take all my pills?” according to the transcript.
— Reporter Angela Brandt may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 496-5519.