Accused killer of 2 in Everett waiting for prosecutor’s decision

EVERETT — A man accused of gunning down two people outside an Everett house won’t know until June whether Snohomish County prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

Tye Patrick Fleischer’s attorneys have until late May to provide information to Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe to persuade him not to seek their client’s execution.

Fleischer, 37, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Prosecutors allege that Fleischer opened fire on Feb. 13 and shot three people in the driveway of a house in the 2400 block of 75th Street SE.

The house has been the site of two other deadly shootings since 2008.

Kevin Odneal, who lived in the home with his mother, and Irene Halverson were killed. A second woman was shot in the pelvis and survived the gunfire. Prosecutors alleged that Fleischer ambushed the three and later confessed to being responsible for the violence.

“OK, so I am a junkie. I got clean. My kids deserve a better father. I am just taking a couple of pieces of (expletive) that (expletive) hurt and kill people out while I’m doing it because I know these people really well and I know these people have done it,” Fleischer allegedly told a 911 dispatcher after the shooting.

Detectives believe Fleischer, a convicted felon, was good friends with the 34-year-old woman who survived the shooting. She and Odneal, 50, were in a relationship. Halverson, 42, had stopped by the house shortly before the gunfire.

Odneal had been at the center of numerous drug and stolen-property investigations. Detectives were at the home in December investigating an illegal chop-shop operation.

Fleischer surrendered to police at Forest Park after they reportedly talked him out of killing himself. They found a semi-automatic 9mm handgun in his van.

If Fleischer is convicted as charged, the only possible punishments are life behind bars or execution.

Roe has said a moratorium on the death penalty imposed by Gov. Jay Inslee will not play in his decision.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463, hefley@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @dianahefley.

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