A man convicted of killing a Chicago couple in 1991 in Seaside will remain in prison. The state Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision ruled Tuesday that Andrew Metz is not likely to be rehabilitated.
The ruling prevents Metz from seeking early parole from his 60-year sentence. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis says the ruling is a victory for the family of Duncan and Ellen McKinnon who were stabbed to death in their hotel room.The McKinnons had been visiting their daughter, Thomasina McKinnon, 27, in Gresham, a suburb of Portland, when they decided to visit the Oregon coast. After visiting Astoria, they headed down the coast, stopping for the night in Seaside, a coastal tourist town.
Late on the night of Sept. 8, Metz climbed from a walkway through an open window, possibly to burglarize the room, and stabbed the McKinnons to death, prosecutors said.
Metz was linked to the murders by a bloody fingerprint found in the McKinnons' motel room, by tests that showed the blood on his clothing matched that of the McKinnons, by jewelry taken from the victims that was found in his pockets and by numerous witnesses at the scene.
The defense claimed the witnesses were unreliable because most had been drinking the night of the slayings and police never used a lineup for identification. Defense attorneys also argued the blood tests were not precise enough to provide absolute identification, and the jewelry was not kept in police custody the entire time.
But prosecutors produced a tape-recording of an hourlong, late-night interrogation session in the Seaside Police Department, during which Metz admitted the killings.
In the interrogation the night of the stabbings, Metz at first denied that he was involved in the murders or that he knew anything about them. But 40 minutes into the interview,, Metz broke down and began to sob, "It was old people, wasn't it?"
He said he didn't think he was in the motel, but that he could picture the scene and must have been there. Later, he said he still didn't remember much, but that his memories and the evidence indicated he must have killed the couple. "I know I killed them, and I don't remember," he said.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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