YAKIMA, Wash.-- An update on the Kevin Harper
case: Yakima County Prosecutors have decided they will not file a motion to
close hearings to the media.
The prosecutor's office had wanted to
close the hearings, and specifically screen one piece of evidence from the
media that it says would violate Kevin Harper's right to a fair trial.
Harper was originally accused of killing
three members of the Goggins family in 2011.
Prosecutors eventually offered him a plea
deal on lesser charges after discovering they didn't have enough evidence
However, prosecutors say he violated the
terms of that deal in April and pushed for a re-trial.
A major issue today was two conflicting
agreements made by the prosecution: one with Harper and one with Harper's wife,
Crystal Gray-West, that the judge only learned about in court Thursday.
"You have to live by the document
that you chose to enter into with this gentleman and Ms. Grey-West. And there
is great... Inconsistency in this document... To put it mildly," said
Superior Court Judge Ruth Reukauf.
In addition to the agreement problems,
the prosecution had not supplied the defense with all witnesses' names and
That's despite an order from the judge at
the last hearing requiring them to do so.
The judge will decide whether the case
can continue after another hearing in September.