Jury seated for Kevin Coe commitment trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Jury seated for Kevin Coe commitment trial

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 12-person jury has been seated in the Kevin Coe civil commitment trial set to begin Monday.

The jury made up of eight women and four men, plus three men and a woman serving as alternates, will decide if the convicted rapist should spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Additional pre-trial motions were heard Thursday afternoon including a motion to move the trial out of Spokane because of media coverage. That motion was denied by Judge Kathleen O'conner.

The South Hill Rapist was blamed for more than 40 rapes that terrorized Spokane in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Coe served nearly 25 years for one of the rapes.

Coe maintains he is innocent and not a threat.

The trial will officially begin with opening statements Monday morning at 9:00.

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