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New judge on Pack case

April 29, 2017 GMT

A Pinedale judge will preside over a case involving rapes police say occurred in Jackson in 1974-75

The change of judges was filed Friday in Teton County District Court. It comes after the defendant, Donald Pack Jr., waived a potential conflict disclosed by Judge Timothy Day, who worked as a Teton County sheriff’s deputy when the original investigation took place and who said he knows one of the alleged victims, court files state.

At first Day said he would hear the case. But, he wrote in the new order, “after further deliberation the undersigned believes that to remove any possibility that the court’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned by not only the defendant, but also by any of the alleged victims in the matter and the public generally, the matter would best be assigned to another judge.”

Judge Marvin L. Tyler of the 9th Judicial District was assigned the case, according to the order, but the case will physically stay in Teton County.

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Pack is accused of raping several women in Jackson in the mid-1970s, but the evidence needed to track down a suspect wasn’t found until 2015.

Pack was convicted of rape in Sublette County in the mid-1970s, and according to court documents confessed to the Jackson crimes after he was arrested in December. He told investigators he committed the rapes “for the thrill” during an interview.

New charges include two counts of rape, attempted rape, two counts of burglary and aggravated burglary.

Pack will appear in Teton County District Court for an arraignment, which has yet to be scheduled.