I will take a risk in taking a position on plea offer/deal timing. I think we will see it soon after this gets remanded for trial and M2 in second or third degree. It is a difficult case, but I do think the investigators prosecutors botched a couple of elements. I worked landscaping when in grad school and even remember to where heavy gloves 95% of the time or more all of us got our hands and arms scratched up badly once a week. I think not knowing the location of the room so closed to a chlorinated pool and the issue of the DNA of a violent sexual assault suspect found inside her car is also quite messy. I think if the prosecutors feel they can stay out of the weeds they themselves planted, and get the jury to focus on the totality of picture they will hold ground on insisting on M2 second. Even if we take into account evidence that looks to a reasonable person to be premeditation, and it does look like that to me, there is the problem of her being on a chat app with her lover, including sending suggestive pictures immediately before the likely time of murder, which could be well argued to make it a crime of passion (even if those of us here do not agree). Frankl I find the tranquillizer aspect as compelling for premeditation. I do not think she was shot with a normal bullet at all. why do so and spray so much evidence? In a rural area a "live .22 round" that rolled under something in a bedroom is nothing. I do not think he had the tranq drug and darts for pest control. I hope there is justice for this woman. I don't like to second guess local law enforcement, but there seem to have been some red flags early in this case that do not seem to me to have been taken seriously enough early enough.