Richeal Rhoades, 22, a young Navy wife who allegedly let her own baby girldie due to neglect last November, will be in court today for a “3.5 hearing.”
A “3.5 hearing” determines if statements a defendant makes to
an initial investigation can be admissible at trial, according to Rhoades’
attorney Tim Kelly. He’s a criminal defense lawyer who has practiced in Port
Orchard since 1990.
At Rhoades’ hearing, testimony will come from Bremerton police
took statements from her during her arrest in early December, and members of
the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, who conducted a video interview
The “3.5″ refers to criminal rule 3.5, as established by the
State Supreme Court, Kelly said.
The trial of Rhoades, who is charged with second-degree felony
slated to begin Sept. 11.