Ex-girlfriend of Grandview murder suspect to testify

Tri-City HeraldJune 13, 2014 

The ex-girlfriend of a Grandview man accused of killing Preston Yahne last year will be allowed to testify at an upcoming murder trial.

A judge ruled this week that Laura Bancroft can take the stand against Robert McCorkindale in his first-degree murder trial. His defense team had filed a motion to try and prevent Bancroft from testifying.

Bancroft reached a deal with the prosecution that granted her immunity for testifying against McCorkindale.

She reportedly helped cover up Yahne's murder and gave a four-hour-long taped confession to prosecutors. She entered an Alford plea to second-degree arson and first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

The Alford plea means she denied committing the crime but believed prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her.

Bancroft was sentenced to one year and one month in Yakima County, where Yahne's body was found burned in the trunk of a car.

McCorkindale allegedly stabbed Yahne and ran over him with a car following a dispute June 14, 2013.

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