Prosecutors will not charge mayor

May 8, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

The King County Prosecutor’s Office on May 7 declined to file charges against North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing.

Hearing was arrested March 26 on allegations that he struck his wife with a golf club.

The mayor released a statement May 7 that said, “I learned today that the King County Prosecutor has declined to pursue any matter against me. My belief in the process was well founded. I continue to ask that you respect my family’s privacy.”

Dan Donohoe, with the prosecutor’s office, said charges would not be filed because the case is “legally insufficient.”

In the incident report, which outlines why prosecutors did not file charges, the investigation stated that on March 26, when King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call by the mayor, they found his wife to be very intoxicated.

In conversations with Hearing, he said his wife had been very intoxicated a couple of days earlier, and in his frustration, Hearing said he hit the mattress his wife was laying on with a golf club.

Hearing said in the investigation that he had no idea that the club had touched his wife.

When investigators spoke with Hearing’s wife days after the event, she told them she remembered the incident, and her husband hit her with a golf club while they were standing in the front door.

Investigators noted the story was inconsistent with what she said March 26. The mayor’s wife also told investigators she would not help in the prosecution of her husband.

Hearing said he did not want to comment beyond the statement.


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