Dad Of Slain Girl: I've Already Forgiven Suspect

jenisememUPDATE August 13, 2014  -  The father of a slain 6-year-old Washington state girl says he forgives the 17-year-old neighbor suspected of killing and raping his daughter. James Wright tells the Kitsap Sun that Gabriel Gaeta "chose wrong" but that "I've already forgiven him." Gaeta is being held in lieu of $1 million bail on investigation of first-degree murder and rape of a child. Jenise's body was found on Aug. 7 in a muddy bog near her home.

James Wright says Gaeta was considered "part of the family." He and his wife are seeking to regain custody of three children who were removed from their care on Aug. 4 as authorities investigated Jenise's disappearance. The state placed the children with two adult siblings in Bellingham. The Wrights have a court date Monday. BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) – August 13, 2014

 

UPDATED August 11, 2014 12:37PM: Suspect In Girl's Death To Be Charged As Adult. Authorities say a 17-year-old boy arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington state girl will be charged as an adult. A spokesman with the Kitsap County sheriff's office, Scott Wilson, says the teen is due in Kitsap County Superior Court on Monday afternoon. Authorities still haven't released his name. He was arrested Saturday in the Bremerton-area mobile home park where Jenise Wright lived.

She disappeared from the park a week earlier. Authorities say forensic evidence analyzed by the Washington state crime lab linked the teen to the crime. Earlier in the week, the sheriff's office collected DNA cheek swabs from dozens of nearby residents. PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP)

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Teen Suspect In 6-Year-Old's Death Due In Court

A 17-year-old boy arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington state girl is due in court Monday. Authorities still haven't released the name of the suspect, who was arrested Saturday in the Bremerton-area mobile home park from which Jenise Wright had disappeared a week earlier. He was booked for investigation of second-degree murder, manslaughter and rape, and is scheduled to make an initial appearance at 3 p.m. in Kitsap County District Court. 

Authorities said forensic evidence analyzed by the Washington state crime lab linked him to the crime. Earlier in the week, the sheriff's office collected DNA cheek swabs from dozens of nearby residents. The FBI’s Specialty Search Dogs Unit discovered the body of Jenise Wright on Thursday amid thick brush in a wooded area near the trailer park. Wright was last seen when she went to bed on the night of Aug. 2. Her parents waited a day before calling for help because they said the girl had wandered around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park on her own in the past. BREMERTON, Wash. (AP)