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Prosecutors appeal decision to move torture case against Tacoma man to Pierce County

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 16, 2011 at 11:24 am with 7 Comments »
May 16, 2011 11:30 am

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. ptproudnative says:

    they need to lock this sicksick old man and throw away the d#$%&*D key away…

  2. Another easy victory for Mark Lindquist. Sorry King County

  3. NineInchNachosII, unfortunately this may not be a slam dunk. I was on a case where a john used a 5″ knife to stab a prostitute in the heart, but barely missed. He did manage to stab her several times.

    There was footage shot by a TV crew of the chase and the capture of the man. However, two juries before mine had not been able to come to a decision and were prejudiced against the victim because she was “just a prostitute” and must have been lying, even though there was much forensic evidence to prove his guilt.

    It is tough to get a verdict when a prostitute is the victim. Our jury almost deadlocked, but after a week of deliberations we convinced the last holdout to vote guilty, but to a much lesser crime than assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder.

  4. pungentsound says:

    What’s this the Pierce County version of Hannibal Lector?

  5. Is it me, or does this dude look like the Creature from the Black Lagoon?

  6. Alaska47 says:

    This guy acted weird back when he worked for Foss Tugboats.

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