Special prosecutor named in Yakima murder case

  • Sat Sep 22nd, 2012 3:57pm
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Associated Press

YAKIMA — A Yakima County judge has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate access to recorded jail calls between a triple-murder suspect and his attorneys.

Thirty-year-old Kevin Harper is accused of bludgeoning three people to death in February 2011.

His attorneys accuse authorities of violating attorney-client privilege by eavesdropping on recorded jail calls between Harper and his attorneys last year.

The Yakima Herald-Republic said Superior Court Judge Ruth Reukauf appointed Jeff Sullivan to investigate the calls while the case is proceeding toward trial.

Sullivan is a retired federal prosecutor and a former Yakima County prosecutor.

Bill and Pauline Goggin and Bill’s 98-year-old mother, Bettye Goggin, were found beaten to death at their home in the gated Falcon Ridge community west of Yakima.