Spokane serial killer to be executed

TACOMA, Wash. - A judge in Tacoma signed a death warrant Friday for serial killer Robert Lee Yates, setting his execution date for just two weeks later, on September 19, 2008.

Yates' defense lawyers planned to ask the state Supreme Court Friday or Saturday for a stay of execution, so they can again appeal his sentence for killing two women in Pierce County.

Last year the high court ruled that Yates received a fair trial, and that his 2002 death sentence was legal.

The former smelter worker and Army National Guard pilot previously plead guilty in Spokane to killing 13 women. He avoided the death penalty with a plea deal and got sentenced to 408 years.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)