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Judge Denies Request to Re-file Charges for West Valley Triple Murder

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YAKIMA, Wash.--A Yakima County judge denied the state's request to reinstate murder charges against one of the main suspects in a triple murder case.

Kevin Harper is still facing time for lesser charges related to the murder.

Last year, he pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm and possession of stolen property. Prosecutors believe Harper violated the terms of his plea deal and wanted to re-file murder charges, but the judge said "no".

Bill, Pauline and Beytte Goggin were brutally bludgeoned to death in their West Valley home in February 2011.