October 16, 2000
Terry Rose pleads guilty
Suspects in daughter's death still face trial
Terry Rose, whose daughter was murdered in March of 1999, pleaded guilty last week in King County Superior Court to Conspiracy to Commit Murder 1st Degree.
She was accused of conspiring with one of her daughter's killers to murder her husband.
Rose became the focus of the conspiracy investigation while Sheriff's detectives investigated the death of her daughter, Sarah Starling.
Starling was killed in the Kingsgate area of Kirkland on March 10, 1999. Her throat had been slashed. Thomas Mullin-Coston, then 19, and Jason McDaniels, then 20, were arrested for her death and are awaiting trial.
After the death of Sarah, detectives learned that Terry Rose and McDaniels had conspired to kill Terry's husband, Jerry Rose. Terry was arrested shortly thereafter and has been in King County Jail ever since.
Homicide Detective Scott Strathy has been the lead detective on both the conspiracy and the homicide case.
"This has been a difficult 18 months," Strathy said. "We had to balance the feelings of sympathy for a mother who lost her daughter to a murder, with our responsibility for a full and complete investigation of the conspiracy to kill her husband. Now we are anxious to get on with the homicide trial, and put both cases behind us."
Strathy said a total of nine detectives worked on the cases over the last year and a half, in what was a multi-jurisdictional investigation.
Detectives do not believe there was a connection between Sarah's death, and the plot to kill her step-father.