No death penalty sought in Yakima Co. murders

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty says he won't seek the death penalty against a 29-year-old man accused of bludgeoning three people to death.

Hagarty announced Monday his office doesn't a strong enough case to seek the death penalty against Kevin Lee Harper. However, he says he is confident pursuing a life sentence without parole against Harper.

The Yakima Herald-Republic says (http://bit.ly/r4SIl5) Harper faces three charges of aggravated first-degree murder in the February deaths of Bill and Pauline Goggin and Bill's 98-year-old mother, Bettye Goggin at their home in the gated Falcon Ridge community 10 miles west of Yakima.

Defense attorney Pete Mazzone says the prosecutor's decision is a smart one. He says he'll continue to work to vindicate Harper.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com