selection in Aaron Hahn’s murder solicitation trial should begin Oct.
12 thanks to the Oct. 1 capture of a material witness by Sequim Police
Department K-9 Officer Chase.
Hahn, 28, of Gresham, Ore., faces
a possible life sentence for allegedly trying to hire a fellow inmate
to kill a teenage Sequim girl with whom he had had a sexual
relationship. He is being held in Clallam County Jail on $1 million
The trial that began Sept. 23 with preliminary motions was
slowed and possibly headed for dismissal because the prosecution
couldn’t locate Norman Livengood.
The 30-year-old Livengood was
captured Thursday afternoon Oct. 1 by the Sequim police dog hiding
along the Dungeness River. He is held in Clallam County Jail on
Ralph Anderson, Hahn’s defense attorney, said
preliminary motions would continue this week but jury selection was
delayed until Oct. 12.
Neither the attorney nor the court wanted to keep the current jury panel beyond its two-week term, he said.
also has an Oct. 15 “real facts hearing” to challenge the pre-sentence
investigation for his July 20 conviction on a sexual exploitation of a
Hahn entered an “Alford plea” to one count of
sexual exploitation of a minor on July 20. The plea means he doesn’t
admit guilt but concedes the state likely could prove the charge beyond
a reasonable doubt.
Prosecutors recommend 36 months in prison
with credit for time served, three to four years probation and $2,150
in fines and court costs.
Nine other charges were dropped as
part of the agreement, including four counts of child rape, one of
possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct
and one of stalking/domestic violence.
Hahn contends the pre-sentence investigation includes information from those nine charges that were dropped.
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