Guilty plea expected in Centralia man’s homicide, from his widow

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Lawyers have struck a plea deal in the case of a Centralia woman who allegedly shot her husband once in his back and once at the base of his skull and wrapped his body in a tarp before turning herself in to police.

Janet L. Anderson, now 40, initially told police the two had been arguing in their home and her husband had grabbed his gun and pointed it at her.


Janet L. Anderson

She has been held at the Lewis County Jail since her mid-December arrest, held on $1 million bail.

Lewis County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said Anderson is expected to plead guilty tomorrow to second-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence.

He declined to say how much time he plans to recommend for her sentence or speak to any details of the plea agreement.

Anderson is represented by Centralia attorney Shane O’Rourke.

Ty W. Anderson’s body was located in the bedroom of the couple’s home off of West Oakview Avenue in the Hunter’s Walk neighborhood after his wife called 911 from her vehicle outside the Centralia police station about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 17. Prosecutors have said as much as 12 hours passed between the alleged homicide and the reporting of it.

Janet Anderson has no criminal history.

The hearing in which she is expected to enter her pleas is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow before Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee. Her sentencing hearing will take place at another time, according to Halstead.

For background, read “Centralia murder case waiting for state crime lab results” from Friday March 31, 2017, here

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