16-Year-Old Rape Suspect Could Be Tried As Adult
Yakima County Superior Court Judge Ruth Ruekauf has spent the weekend deciding whether or not a 16-year-old will face trial in juvenile or superior court for rape charges in three attacks on the Yakima Greenway dating back to November, 2017.
During a hearing that lasted more than an hour Friday, the prosecution presented its case talking about the violent circumstances surrounding 1st and 2nd degree rape charges.
YPD has called the suspect a serial rapist, and say DNA and other evidence links him to at least three victims.
The teen's defense attorney argued that his client shouldn't be tried as an adult because he "fits the juvenile system."
Judge Reukauf's decision will be announced during a hearing on Monday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m.