KENNEWICK, Wash- New information about the trial for former Benton County Reserve Deputy, Ken Freeman, who was tracked down by U.S. Marshalls in Hong Kong in 2007.
As the trial for Ken Freeman approaches, his attorney and the state agree it will take place in Spokane County. Now all that needs to happen is Benton County Prosecutor, Andy Miller, signing a waiver.
Freeman is under U.S. Marshall custody in Spokane. He faces child rape charges here in Benton County, along with a series of federal charges relating to child pornography.
Freeman was originally arrested in Richland after the victim, his daughter, came forward. He posted $50,000 bail and fled the country in 2005. It took two years for authorities to catch up with him in Hong Kong.
"The state is aware of our reasons for asking for venue to be transferred to Spokane County and I think it is efficient to say that the state agreed that venue would be transferred," said Sylvia Cornish, Freeman's Attorney.
Today a Benton County Judge said Freeman would not have to be present for a motion hearing at the justice center tomorrow. The hearing is to decide whether cameras can be in the court room during trial. Also if Freeman will have to be in shackles and if he can wear regular clothes.