Why would it go national? The assailants are black and the victim was white. Thê is nothing remarkable here or MSM newsworthy.
Several issues here. Killing an on-duty US serviceman means prosecution by the Dept. of Justice on federal charges.
PROBLEM: Holder won’t do it. Has got to protect his “own.” Tried that crap with the Martin-Zimmerman case. Didn’t try Major Nidal/Ft. Hood massacre and Little Rock, Ark. Army recruiter killing as “acts of terrorism”.
Secondly. Does Washington State even have a death penalty? If so, when was the last time they used it, 1870s?
3. Black on white crime is no a story any editor wants to handle, esp. in the major cities with large black populations. Therefore, it is page 5 -Local Affairs and any coverage will drop between the trials and any convictions,sentencing. It isn’t called “A BlackOut” for nothing.