The discovery of new evidence prompted a judge to prosecute a prosecutor in the prosecution of a Spokane man accused of killing the nephew of US Senator Jon Tester of Montana in a sword attack, a newspaper The Police Officer reports a sheriff found a text message in the file as he prepared to hand testimony that had not been handed to the defense, the spokesman report in Spokane reported on Friday.
John A. Radavich, 24, has not found himself guilty of killing Robert J. Tester, 35, the senator's nephew, during the 2016 assault on the younger tester house in Spangle, Washington. The prosecutor said Radavich was looking for revenge because he felt that Tester had attacked a 1
The prosecution had raised no objection to defense lawyer Douglas Pierce's request on April 11, the day after the lawsuit began, but the reasons for the request were unclear. A new trial is scheduled for August.
According to court records, Tester's daughter, who was then eight years old, called her grandmother on September 6, 2016 to say that a man she did not know broke into her home and killed her Father.
Spokane County MPs came to find a trail of blood that ran from Tester's bedroom all over the house. Tester had suffered several blunt wounds and stab injuries, including a blow to the back of the head with a burning wooden crown.
The case remained unresolved until Radavich called a Texas friend on December 26, 2016.
Radavich told the friend that he had killed testers because he felt Tester had attacked his ex-girlfriend.
During the phone conversation, Radavich said the only other person he told about the murder was the former girlfriend
"I needed her to cover my tracks," Radavich reported.
As he prepared for his testimony, Sheriff of the Spokane County sheriff, Robert Satake, found a text message that the girlfriend had sent on the night of the night killing a man identified in court records as Christopher Santucci.
On Friday, Pierce Maryann Moreno, judge of the Supreme Court of Spokane District, asked for a hearing in May to question the girlfriend about this text exchange. It is unclear what the text or the texts said.
Moreno announced the hearing and told Radavich defense lawyer Douglas Pierce that the newly discovered defense text message was "extremely significant."
Information from: The Speaker Review, http://www.spokesman.com