Last week, a King County judge ordered that the trial of a Northeast Tacoma man accused of kidnapping and raping a prostitute last month be moved to Pierce County Superior Court.
Now, King County prosecutors have filed a motion for the decision to be reviewed by the state Court of Appeals. The motion was filed today. Meanwhile, a hearing in the case was scheduled for this morning to discuss next steps.
King County prosecutors initially charged John Joseph Hauff Jr., 66,with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault after a Seattle police investigation.
He’s accused of taking a 24-year-old woman he picked up in Seattle on April 2 to his home in Tacoma, then torturing her. The woman told investigators she was released after she told Hauff she’d texted his car’s license plate number to her boyfriend.
Hauff’s attorneys had filed a motion to change the trial venue to Pierce County, arguing that since his crimes occurred in Tacoma he should be tried in Pierce County. King County prosecutors argued that Hauff had already planned his crime when he picked up the woman in Seattle, the Seattle Times reported.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Kimberley Prochnau granted the motion. Hauff was charged Friday in Pierce County in the case.
While the charges against him were filed last month, Hauff has not yet been arraigned.