Jury reaches verdict in Kevin Coe civil commitment trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Jury reaches verdict in Kevin Coe civil commitment trial

Kevin Coe sat silent as the judge read the verdict from the jury Kevin Coe sat silent as the judge read the verdict from the jury
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Kevin Coe's defense attorneys say they will file an appeal as early as next week.  The jury's verdict today found that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that convicted rapist Kevin Coe is a violent sexual predator.  This means Coe will be held at McNeil Island until the appeals process begins.

The prosecution and defense presented their closing arguments and the jury went into deliberation Wednesday afternoon.  The Spokane County jury deliberated whether Coe should remain in custody indefinitely as a violent sexual predator.

The lawyer for Kevin Coe argued why Coe should be freed, citing the defense expert witness who testified Coe was not likely to re-offend. Coe's lawyer also said there is no evidence that his client committed any of the so-called South Hill Rapist crimes except the one for which he served 25 years in prison.

Earlier today a prosecutor said the convicted rapist is dangerous and should be locked up at the Special Commitment Center for sex predators on McNeil Island.  The state prosecutor said in closing arguments today that Coe is a "perfect predator" who should remain behind bars. 

Coe has completed a 25-year sentence in the South Hill Rapist case and says he is not a threat.

The state must convince a jury of eight women and four men that Coe is mentally ill and cannot control his sexual behavior, making him likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence.

The jury left the courthouse shortly after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and will be back deliberating the case Thursday morning.

The Associated Press helped contribute to this story

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