In the city of Seattle, Doctor Louis Chen is back in court this week for his sentencing hearing. He had changed his “not guilty’ plea to “guilty” last February, admitting that in a fit of rage he stabbed his live-in man-friend to death, and then slashed the throat of their two-year-old son, in August 2011.
Chen – who was supposed to stand trial in April – was originally charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder. But early in the case, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg decided not to seek the death penalty, leaving life in prison without the possibility of parole as the only possible punishment, had Chen been convicted as charged.
Chen was naked and covered in dried blood when police arrived at the home. They found the bodies of 29-year-old Eric Cooper – stabbed more than 100 times – and their son Cooper Chen, whose neck had been repeatedly slashed. The child was found butchered in a bathtub.