Bail set at 1 million for cold case suspect

first_imgBail was set at $1 million Wednesday for the suspect in the 1994 rape and strangulation death of a Vancouver woman.Richard Eugene Knapp, 57, of Fairview, Ore., appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first- and second-degree murder with sexual motivation. Judge Robert A. Lewis set bail and ordered that Knapp be unshackled during future court hearings.Earlier in the day, Knapp’s defense attorney, Edward LeRoy Dunkerly, objected to his client being photographed by news media while he was wearing shackles. The hearing was stopped and set aside until later to address those concerns.Defendants typically appear in shackles at first court appearances. Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney James Smith asked that Knapp remain shackled due to the nature of the alleged crimes and called a sheriff’s deputy to testify about why they’re used.But Lewis said that requiring Knapp to wear shackles without more specific justification would be a violation of due process, citing precedent from the state Court of Appeals.“I simply don’t have the information that would allow me to make such a finding,” Lewis said.Knapp’s handcuffs and leg chains were removed for the remainder of the hearing. Once they were removed, he rubbed both of his wrists.last_img read more