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Coe's Civil Commitment trial continues, Coe expected to take stand Tuesday

Julia Harmia takes the stand in Coe's civil commitment trial.  Harmia's case was the one that led to Coe's 26-year prison sentence. Julia Harmia takes the stand in Coe's civil commitment trial. Harmia's case was the one that led to Coe's 26-year prison sentence.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Civil Commitment trial for convicted rapist Kevin Coe continues Monday. Coe is expected to take the stand Tuesday.

The prosecution is also trying to bring in DNA evidence from the victim whose rape ultimately put Coe in prison.

Judge O'Connor says a DNA expert, not a psychologist, must introduce the evidence in court.

A hearing will be held Tuesday morning regarding if Coe can be photographed and video recorded when he takes the witness stand.


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 The woman whose case put Kevin Coe behind bars for 26 years took the stand in her attacker's civil commitment trial on Tuesday.  Julia Harmia, whose case put Coe behind bars for 26 years said she wanted her story told in front of the cameras - and so did another woman, Sherri South.

Harmia's rape slides, along with two other victims', were found in the Spokane Police Department's evidence room in 2006.  Harmia's slide contained Coe's DNA, linking him to the crime on which he was convicted in 1981.

Another one of those slides belonged to Sherri South.  She was just 15 years old at the time of the South Hill rapes.  She testified Tuesday of being attacked by a man while near her home at Cedar and 16th on the lower South Hill.

South's original case against Coe was thrown out during the appeals process.  Then, when DNA from her rape slide was tested in 2006, 94.6% of the male population other than Coe was ruled out.  But, because of a pretrial decision by the judge, that DNA evidence will never see its way in front of the current jury.  The judge ruled in favor of the defense, which argued the South DNA evidence should be thrown out because they didn't have a chance to test the evidence for themselves.

The defense was given every opportunity to cross-examine all the witnesses brought to the stand by the State's attorneys.  So far, Coe's attorneys have cross-examined all of them except one: Julia Harmia.
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