The Latest on Alleged West Richland Killer: Josh Tucker
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- New developments in the case of Josh Tucker, the 16-year-old accused of killing a mother and daughter in West Richland.
Thursday, the prosecution and a lawyer from KNDU responded to a protection order motion made by the defense. Tucker's defense attorney Dan Arnold says that some discovery documents like police reports, photographs, and 911 tapes could do "irreparable harm" to Tucker's right to a fair trial.
Thursday, KNDU's lawyer said that there is not sufficient evidence to prove that releasing such information would cause a jury to be impartial. He argued that Washington State has a strongly worded mandate for broad disclosure of public records.
Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller said that this case is a special one, with intense media attention, and that any release of documents should be done so carefully.
Miller says, "The sensational aspects to this case are rare. There are reports obtained from CPS, foster care, background information which may not be admissible in criminal court. That issue is a rare issue."
In the end, the defense said that they needed more time to review KNDU's and the prosecutor's response to their motion for protection order. Another hearing is tentatively scheduled for a week from Thursday, with the trial set for March 17th.