YAKIMA, Wash. - A Yakima County sheriff's deputy who's accused of rape, burglary and assault wants the prosecutor's office thrown off his case.
Deputy Sean Moore says Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty has a conflict of interest in part because he met with Moore before charges were filed to discuss Moore's relationship with the woman he's accused of raping.
Moore's lawyer, Jeffrey Lustick, says all eight Yakima County Superior Court judges have recused themselves from the case. A visiting judge from Kittitas County Superior Court scheduled a hearing Tuesday afternoon to hear arguments about whether the Yakima County prosecutor should be recused as well.
Moore is being held at the Kittitas County Jail on $500,000 bail. He's charged with raping a woman in October, as well as assaulting her and threatening her male friend at gunpoint.
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