A 46-year-old Puyallup man shot allegedly by his father last weekend died Thursday at Tacoma General Hospital.
Dennis League was in critical condition since early Sunday when his father allegedly shot him in the head while he slept on the couch in the family’s home in the 1500 block of Fifth Street Southeast. Police say the father also fatally shot League’s sister, 43-year-old Danielle Faucett, while she slept.
Michael League, 69, called 911 after the shooting and told a dispatcher what he’d done and that his children’s use of drugs and alcohol caused strife in the family.
He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said Thursday that Michael League now will be charged with an additional count of murder.
Dennis League’s death also opens the possibility that his father could be charged with aggravated first-degree murder, the state’s highest crime, Sorensen said. That charge is available to prosecutors when there are multiple murder victims.
Whether prosecutors would seek that charge against Michael League had not been determined Thursday, Sorensen said. A conviction for aggravated first-degree murder carries only two possible sentences: the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.