TV Stations, Yakima Herald-Republic File Joint Motion in Harper Case
We want to update you on the latest information on the Kevin Harper murder case, and a unique co-operative effort being taken by all of the local television stations and the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.
As you know, Harper was the main suspect in the murders of Bill, Pauline, and Bettye Goggin in their West Valley home in February of 2011. Murder charges were eventually dropped, and Harper pleaded guilty to a lesser charge as part of a plea deal.
Yakima county prosecutor Jim Hagarty is claiming Harper has violated that deal, and wants to reinstate murder charges--but he is asking the court close all proceedings in the case to the public and to have records sealed.
In order to keep you informed, our station, the others in town, and the Herald-Republic have filed a joint motion challenging the proposed closure. Harper's attorney has filed an independent and separate motion also making the same argument
We expect to have our motion heard next Thursday June 13th--and we will certainly keep you informed.