Rape trial postponed to June

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WALLA WALLA — Next week’s trial of a man accused of raping a woman at his residence in February has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Mikal F. Yasin, 39, of 512 E. Chestnut St., now is set for trial June 3 and 4 on the charge of second-degree rape, in addition to second-degree assault.

The proceedings initially were scheduled to begin Tuesday, but Yasin signed a waiver of his right to a speedy trial, allowing the defense more time to review evidence.

Police said officers were called to the scene of the alleged sexual assault about 10:10 p.m. Feb. 13 after another resident reported hearing suspicious sounds coming from Yasin’s bedroom.

Officer Elias Joven could hear the woman crying and pleading with Yasin not to rape her, so kicked open the locked bedroom door, according to a police report filed in court.

After Yasin was handcuffed, he told police, “She changed her mind.”

The 18-year-old woman told police she and her boyfriend went to Yasin’s residence for a warm place to spend the night.

She said her boyfriend stayed outside and she and Yasin went into the bedroom. Then Yasin started choking her and forcibly raped her, the police report says.

Yasin was booked into the County Jail, with bail later set at $75,000.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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