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    WA - Rachel Burkheimer, 18, brutally murdered, Everett, 23 Sept 2002

    A Snohomish County jury was scheduled this morning to begin a second day of deliberations in the case of an Everett man accused of ordering the 2002 abduction and murder of Rachel Burkheimer.

    Jurors deliberated until about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and recessed without announcing a verdict in the trial of Yusef "Kevin" Jihad, 34. They agreed to resume work this morning.

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    A Snohomish County Superior Court jury on Monday convicted a South Everett man of first-degree murder in the grisly slaying of Rachel Burkheimer in September 2002

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    Burkheimer was shot to death in 2002 by a band of young criminals led by her ex-boyfriend, John Phillip “Diggy” Anderson. She was lured to a south Everett duplex, bound and beaten. Burkheimer, 18, was stuffed into a duffle bag and driven out to Reiter Road in east Snohomish County. Anderson forced her to lie down in the grave the kidnappers had dug and then shot her.

    Anderson is serving a life sentence. Another man, John Alan Whitaker, also was sentenced to life behind bars after being convicted of murder in 2004. Nine years later the state Court of Appeals overturned Whitaker's conviction and granted him a new trial... The new trial is scheduled for November...

    Whitaker was one of eight people charged and convicted in connection with Burkheimer's slaying.

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    The teen was forced to disrobe, hand over her jewelry and was ordered face down in the dirt, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Julie Mohr said. She begged for mercy. Burkheimer was shot multiple times by her jealous ex-boyfriend, John “Diggy” Anderson.

    Monday marked the first day of testimony in the retrial of one of the several young men implicated in the 2002 robbery, kidnapping and killing.

    John Alan Whitaker, 35, is accused of assaulting Burkheimer, helping stuff her in the duffle bag, digging her grave, robbing her of her jewelry and trying to cover up the crime.

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    From June:


    After a series of bizarre twists the day before, a jury on Thursday convicted Whitaker of aggravated murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after six hours of deliberations. He faces a mandatory life sentence.

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    John Whitaker received life without parole for the second time Friday for the murder of Rachel Burkheimer.

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