Yakima prosecutors drop charges in triple murder

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 5:32 PM

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County prosecutors have dropped charges against the sole remaining murder suspect in a triple slaying in Yakima two years ago.

Prosecutors said they have insufficient evident to prosecute Tracy Coulton in the February 2011 deaths of a man, his wife and 98-year-old mother.

Bill and Pauline Goggin and Bill's mother, Bettye Goggin were found beaten to death at their home in a gated community west of Yakima.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Superior Court Judge Ruth Reukauf dismissed the charges Friday without prejudice, which means they could be refiled.

Prosecutors also dropped murder charges against the primary suspect in the case in October, and the judge has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether authorities recorded jail calls between that suspect and his attorneys.

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

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