The trial started yesterday for the murder of Katherine Ann Olson. If you’ll recall Olson was shot and killed by Michael John Anderson after she responded to his ad on craigslist for a nanny position. The ad itself was said to be placed by a woman named Amy who needed a nanny for her 5-year-old daughter. Except there was no Amy and there was no girl. It was a phony ad placed by Anderson to lure someone to his house. Sometime after Olson got to Anderson’s house he shot her and then disposed of her body.
In opening statements, Anderson’s defense claimed that the shooting was an accident and that this was Anderson’s bizarre way of trying to meet women. He had previously placed other craigslist employment ads for things like ‘sexy voiced models’ while Anderson posed as a photographer. You know as much as I deride craigslist there are other means of using the site to get laid without luring unsuspecting women to your house, but I digress. How he eventually ended up shooting her by the defense’s think has yet to be revealed.
The prosecution, however, claims that Anderson set up Olson for murder from the beginning and that this was basically a thrill kill. They say that when a friend asked Anderson why he didn’t plead insane he allegedly said: “Because I’d have to pretend I’m sorry.” The prosecution also alleges that Anderson bragged to other inmates that he was the ‘Craigslist Killer’ and that he killed Olson to see what it felt like.
The defense is trying to get the charge down to 2nd or 3rd-degree murder. 2nd degree carries a sentence of 26 years while 3rd degree carries a sentence of 8 1/2 years. First-degree murder, which is what the prosecution is hoping for, carries a sentence of life without parole.
I’m very curious to see how the defense plans on explaining how this possibly could have been an accidental shooting.