The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Prosecutors want Yakima murders plea deal undone

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
Associated Press
YAKIMA -- Prosecutors want a plea deal in a Yakima County triple murder case undone, but they won't say why.
Kevin Harper was a prime suspect in the February 2011 slayings of Bill Goggin, owner of a Yakima engineering firm; his wife, Pauline; and his 98-year-old mother, Bettye. But last fall, prosecutors dropped the murder charges and Harper pleaded guilty to lesser theft and firearm offenses.
The Herald-Republic reported that during a hearing Friday, prosecutors accused Harper of somehow violating a confidential cooperation agreement. They wouldn't give any further details, however, and said they'd explain it to the judge in a hearing closed to the public.
The judge expressed reluctance to close the courtroom, and ordered a June 13 hearing to allow news organizations and others to object.
Defense attorney Pete Mazzone strongly objected to undoing the plea deal.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,

More Northwest Headlines


HeraldNet Headlines

Top stories and breaking news updates


Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus