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No death penalty for West Valley triple murder suspect

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YAKIMA, Wash- The Yakima County Prosecutor announced in a press conference Monday morning that he will not seek the death penalty in the case of The State vs. Kevin Harper. Harper is accused of killing William, Pauline, and Elizabeth Goggins in their West Valley home in February.

Prosecutor Jim Hagarty explained his decision saying, "The death penalty is the ultimate penalty which the state can impose upon anyone committing a crime. That case needs to be solid, it needs to be strong, it almost needs to be air tight and without any doubt. In this case, as we're sitting here today I don't believe we have a death penalty-strong case."

Pete Mazzone, Harper's attorney, also attended the press conference. He said he was notified last Friday (Sept. 16th) of Hagarty's decision. He feels Monday morning's announcement is a good start for the defense. 

"I think Mr. Hagarty explained it himself, apparently the case is not sound enough from the prosecuting attorney's perspective to seek the death penalty. To that extent at least, it's not as sound a case as it should be", said Mazzone.

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