SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision Thursday to keep Spokane’s “South Hill Rapist” in jail.
Kevin Coe was challenging a Court of Appeals decision that agreed with his 2008 commitment as a sexually violent predator.
Coe challenged the court's decision in his civil committment case to admit evidence of several sex offenses he was never charged with and the court's decision to allow an expert psychologist to rely on that evidence. Coe also claimed his trial counsel was ineffective, his due process rights were violated and that he should get a new trial.
The WA Supreme Court found no reversible error in any of Coe's claims and his civil committment as a sexual violent predator was affirmed. The Supreme Court found some errors in his civil committment trial, but not enough to overturn the jury's verdict to lock him up. Coe's commitment stands because there was still overwhelming evidence to support his crimes.
"The overwhelming untainted evidence supports the jury's verdict," said -Justice Tom Chambers
Coe was arrested in 1981, after a string of rapes on Spokane's South Hill.