It’s something of a formality, but Michael Patrick League now faces two first-degree murder charges instead of one.
The revision, announced Friday, ties to a March 24 shooting in Puyallup. According to charging papers, League, 69, fatally shot his daughter and his son. Danielle Faucett, the 43-year-old daughter, died later that day. Dennis League, the 46-year-old son, lingered for several days before he died.
The revised charges reflect that outcome. Initially, Pierce County prosecutors charged League with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.
Charging papers say League’s family was troubled. His daughter was schizophrenic. His son lived in a haze of drugs and alcohol. The son had two sons of his own – boys aged 6 and 7, growing up in squalor.
League and his wife returned home in late March from a trip and found the house in disarray. Police had been called to resolve a domestic dispute between Dennis League and Faucett.
Nothing was getting better. At some point, League told his wife Jo Ann the thing to do was “just shoot ’em, shoot us all,” charging papers state. Jo Ann didn’t think he was serious.
She was wrong, according to the charges. In the early hours of March 24, League went to his daughter’s bedroom, covered her face with a pillow and shot her in the head. He walked downstairs to his son, who was sleeping on the couch, and did the same thing.
League called 911, said he’d shot his son and daughter and added that he’d “committed a father’s worst sin.”
He meant to shoot himself, but a 911 dispatcher kept him on the line until Puyallup police arrived, persuaded League to leave his home and arrested him. Police found the two grandsons in an upstairs bedroom, asleep and unharmed.
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