Five Davis soccer players appear in juvenile court


    4 of the 5 Davis HS soccer players accused of burglary and malicious mischief appeared in Yakima County Juvenile Court on Wednesday.<p>{/p}

    YAKIMA, Wash - Five students from Davis High School have been charged with mulitple counts of burglary and malicious mischief.

    They're accused of throwing rocks at the windshields of cars driving near Selah and other places in the Yakima Valley.

    Four of the five defendants were in juvenile court Wednesday morning, they waved formal arraignment and plead not guilty.

    A Yakima Police report alleges that the five boys committed a pair of burglaries last October and stole an estimated $12,000 worth of property.

    The report also accuses the students of throwing rocks at moving vehicles causing an additional $11,000 in damage.

    Police say they did it at least four times.

    During Wednesday's hearing Judge Ruth Reukauf shared her experience as a student athlete and said that any after school activity is a privilege.

    "That role of which was being a leader not only on my team but in my school," Reukauf said. "We were held to a higher standard one of which I embraced."

    Judge Reukauf released the defendants to their parents with conditions of release.

    The judge issued a no-contact order where they can't associate with each other except for necessary school activities.

    She ruled that it doesn't include athletics.

    District Attorney Joseph Brusic agrees with the judge.

    "The conditions of release were made clear by the court and I support those conditions that Judge Reukauf instigated it with the four respondents here in court," Brusic said. "No contact with each other, no contact with the alleged victims in this case because they are presumed innocent."

    Despite a statement from Davis soccer coach, Jerry Cole, and the boys' attorneys, Judge Reukauf stood her ground and said that no exception would be made in this case, effectively suspending them from the Davis soccer team until the case is closed.

    "And the reality is there is nowhere in the law that indicates that athletics are anything but a privilege," Reukauf said.

    The boys must follow a strict curfew and be home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., attend school every day and can't get in to any more trouble with the law.

    If they violate the conditions of release they could go to jail until their next court date.

    A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 25th at 1:30 p.m. and the trial is scheduled for Monday, May 13th.



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