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October 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Bremerton teen pleads not guilty in assault, slaying of neighbor, 6

PORT ORCHARD — A 17-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 6-year-old Bremerton neighbor girl has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated rape charges. The Kitsap Sun reports that defense lawyer Roger Hunko has stipulated that his client, Gabriel Gaeta, is competent to stand trial. Gaeta entered his pleas Friday in Superior…


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September 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Teen accused of killing 6-year-old Jenise Wright charged with murder

Jenise Wright The Associated Press PORT ORCHARD — The teen accused in the rape and killing of a 6-year-old Washington girl has been charged with aggravated murder and aggravated rape. The charges were filed Friday against Gabriel Gaeta in Kitsap County Superior Court. The 17-year-old has been held in the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center on $1 million…


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August 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Competency check for teen accused in 6-year-old Jenise Wright’s death

The Associated Press PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County prosecutors say a 17-year-old accused in the rape and killing of 6-year-old Jenise Wright will be evaluated next week to see if he’s competent to stand trial. The Kitsap Sun reports Gabriel Gaeta made a brief appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court on Thursday. At that hearing, Deputy Prosecutor…


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August 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Car vandalism tied to arrest in Jenise Wright case

Bremerton police are investigating a case of arson and vandalism they say was perpetrated against family friends of the teen arrested in connection with the killing 6-year-old Jenise Wright. Chief Steven Strachan said police were called to a home in the 3300 block of Pine Street in East Bremerton at 1 a.m. Thursday, after one car…


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August 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Father of Jenise Wright says he’s ‘already forgiven’ the suspect

Jenise Wright The Associated Press BREMERTON, Wash. — The father of a slain 6-year-old Washington girl says he forgives the 17-year-old neighbor suspected of killing her, and he is leaning on his religion following her death. Gabriel Gaeta “chose wrong,” but “I’ve already forgiven him,” James Wright told the Kitsap Sun. Gaeta is jailed on investigation of…


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August 12, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Charges in slaying of Bremerton girl delayed for mental evaluation

Prosecutors said the suspect in the rape and murder of 6-year-old Jenise Wright, whose body was found last week in a bog not far from her Bremerton home, will not be formally charged until he undergoes a mental-competency evaluation. Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Kevin Hull ordered the evaluation for Gabriel Z. Gaeta, 17, at…


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August 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Judge sets bail at $1 million for suspect in Jenise Wright’s death

  Gabriel Gaeta, 17, appears in Kitsap County Superior Court. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Kitsap County prosecutors filed court papers Monday afternoon, detailing probable cause to hold Gabriel Zebediah Gaeta, 17, on one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree rape. In a probable-cause document, a detective wrote…


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August 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Teen neighbor arrested in death of 6-year-old Jenise Wright

Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old boy in the death of 6-year-old Bremerton girl Jenise Wright. The teenager, who was not named, will be booked on investigation of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and child rape, said detective Lt. Earl Smith of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office during an afternoon press conference Saturday. Smith said the suspect was arrested earlier in…


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August 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Police: Person responsible for girl’s death likely covered in mud

Jenise Wright Police believe whoever is responsible for the death of 6-year-old Jenise Wright would have been “covered in mud” at some point, most likely over the weekend. The little girl’s body was found on Thursday in a heavily wooded area near a creek and ravine that is “not easy to get to,” said Kitsap County…


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August 7, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Investigators shift focus to finding killer of East Bremerton girl

Update at 4:47 p.m.:  Although the Kitsap County coroner isn’t expected to make positive identification until Friday, authorities left little doubt they believe the body found Thursday is that of Jenise Wright, subject of an intense search. Searchers looking for the 6-year-old found the body Thursday morning in a wooded area near the Steele Creek Mobile Home…


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