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Eakin still waits to testify against former playmate

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EPHRATA, Wash. - A key witness in the Evan Savoie murder trial did not take the stand in Ephrata on Thursday.

15-year old Jake Eakin was supposed to take the stand and testify against his former playmate. He and Savoie were playing with Craig Sorger in an Ephrata park the day Sorger died. First, jurors heard from two police officers.

The first officer - the one who found Sorger's body - testified as to what he did to preserve the evidence. However, the defense countered his testimony, saying the scene was not protected overnight, and the rock that Savoie allegedly used to hit Sorger on the head was never found.

The other officer who testified played the original interview with Eakin and Savoie. Savoie is heard on the tape saying that Sorger fell and he couldn't make Sorger get up. Then Eakin was heard on the tape saying that Savoie shook Sorger and asked if he was alright. But he wasn't moving. He said his heart was still beating. Eakin was heard on the tape saying Sorger was still moving, so the boys didn't think he was hurt too badly.

Eakin is being held in the Grant County jail, waiting for his turn to testify. Eakin pleaded guilty in return for a 14-year sentence.

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