Feb. trial date set for suspect in death of Prosser man

October 8, 2013 

— A new trial date of Feb. 10 has been set for a man accused of killing Preston Yahne of Prosser during an alleged drug deal.

Robert B. McCorkindale, 24, appeared in Benton County Superior Court Tuesday and waived his right to a speedy trial.

Defense and prosecution attorneys had earlier said more time would be needed to obtain crime lab results.

Some laboratory results have been received, but more are expected this month, said Megan Whitmire, Benton County deputy prosecutor.

Depending on the laboratory results, the defense may need to find additional experts and could ask for more time before trial, said defense attorney Alexandria Sheridan.

McCorkindale, who is charged with first-degree murder, says he and Yahne, 22, met in a remote location and were waiting on another person when they got into an argument.

He said Yahne pulled out a box cutter and tried to stab him with it, but McCorkindale was able to disarm him before grabbing his own knife from a leg strap and hitting Yahne in the chest, according to court documents.

McCorkindale then ran over Yahne several times with the victim’s car as he tried to run away, documents said.

Yahne’s body allegedly was placed in the trunk, and the following day the Dodge Avenger was driven to a gravel pit in Sunnyside and set on fire.

Yahne’s burned body was found inside the trunk days later by a tow truck driver. His family reported Yahne missing June 16.

McCorkindale is expected to return to court Nov. 1 for a status conference.

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