A judge who threw out a juvenile suspect’s guilty plea in the highly publicized murder of 8-year-old Georgian Amy Yates has left the case in limbo, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The ruling has raised new questions about the possible guilt of an 18-year-old youth who had confessed to the slaying earlier and then withdrew his confession.
Last week, a juvenile court judge threw out a 14-year-old boy’s guilty plea to the Yates murder. In rejecting the plea, the judge said that an earlier confession made by Chris Gossett, 18, contained details about the crime that had not been made public — which suggests that Gossett was involved. Gossett, like the 14-year-old, later recanted his confession to the slaying.