The attorney for Richard Aguirre — the former Pasco cop accused of murder — is asking for a new bail hearing in his client’s unrelated voyeurism case because of the alleged misconduct of a deputy Spokane prosecutor.
Scott Johnson filed a motion Wednesday in Spokane County accusing Deputy Prosecutor Kyle Treece of misconduct for saying in court that Franklin County authorities have leaked information to Aguirre.
Johnson, citing the apparent “false statement” made during the hearing, is asking for a new court date to ask again for a lower bail amount, he said.
Treece made the statement during a June 5 hearing in the voyeurism case that there is “reason to believe” members of the Pasco Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office leaked information, the Spokesman-Review reported.
Officials from the police department and sheriff’s office have strongly denied the claims, saying the prosecutor misspoke.
Spokane police have told officials from both departments they do not suspect officers of leaking information, said Sheriff Jim Raymond and police Capt. Ken Roske.
Spokane Prosecutor Larry Haskell told the Spokesman on Sunday that his office has no “investigatory arm” and “my information in this case comes from (the Spokane Police Department),” according to a story in the Spokesman.
Bail was set during the June 5 hearing at $500,000, pushing Aguirre’s total bail in his voyeurism and murder cases to $1 million. Aguirre was getting ready to post $500,000 bail in the murder case before he was charged with voyeurism, Johnson said. He remains in the Spokane County jail.
The 27-year veteran of the Pasco police force, who resigned in April amid murder and rape allegations, is accused of strangling a Spokane prostitute in 1986.
He is charged with felonies — first-degree murder, third-degree rape and voyeurism — in three unrelated criminal cases in Spokane and Franklin counties.