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Rapp pleads not guilty in attempted murder case

Federal officials contacted about shooting.

By Richard Hanners

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on March 29, 2018 12:19PM

Kevin Rapp

Kevin Rapp

The John Day man accused of shooting a Eugene man at the Dixie Creek Campground on Oct. 16, 2017, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 20-31.

Kevin J. Rapp, 32, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. His bail was reduced to $175,000 on Jan. 16, and he remains in Grant County Jail.

Grant County Circuit Court Judge William D. Cramer Jr. expressed surprise at the March 29 plea hearing when defense attorney Rob Raschio said Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter was unwilling to negotiate. Cramer accepted Rapp’s not guilty pleas.

Rapp appeared in court in jail attire. Carpenter did not appear at the hearing, and the victim’s mother listened in by telephone.

When asked about any further discovery issues, Deputy District Attorney Mara Houck said she wasn’t 100 percent sure about all the lab results and mentioned that the district attorney’s office had been in contact with the federal violent crime division about the case.

The federal government could take over the shooting case because the incident took place on federal land. Cramer said he would like the federal government to make a decision soon because of the time and expense incurred by the circuit court.

Raschio said he was aware of the contact with federal officials but doubted the federal government would take over the case. He said he wanted to move forward to a trial.

Cramer set an April 30 deadline for motions, a June 1 deadline for responses to motions and a June 27 hearing on the motions.


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