Kevin Coe appears in court for jury selection


by Staff

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:34 PM

Video: Several jurors dismissed

SPOKANE -- Looking much thinner and older than in his last trip to court, convicted rapist Kevin Coe made his first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court in more than a year Monday, as jury selection began for his civil commitment trial.

Kevin Coe entered a Spokane County courtroom Monday morning as jury duty continued in Coe's civil commitment trial.

It's been more than 25-years since a defiant Coe issued told the court: "I'm not a psychopath, not violent, not a criminal, not a rapist."


Today Coe faced potential jurors who will decide whether the convicted rapist will be set free or committed to a state facility for sexual predators.

Some of the 200 potential jurors were in and out in 10 minutes; others were questioned for up to a half hour.

Coe took notes on everything and listened to how many people haven't forgotten what he was he's accused of doing.

Many say they still remember the search for the South Hill rapist.

One by one, potential jurors were questioned about answers they gave on the jury form to personal questions dealing with sexual assault and mental illness.

Most say they can't commit to a two-month trial without losing their job or cancelling planned vacations.

It was then up to attorneys to judge what they heard, and decide whether or not the person should be released or pushed through to the next round of jury selection.

Jurors have a number to call to find out when they have to be in court next or if they have been excused.

The process is expected to take two weeks.

The Washington State Attorney General's Office wants to keep Coe in a treatment center for sexual predators for the rest of his life, even though he has already served a 25 year prison sentence.