October 23, 2007

ID: "so the money hungry lawyers can retry a killer"

Accused murderer Mark Lankford and I both arrived in Grangeville, Idaho recently. I stayed about five blocks from him - didn't visit. I just left there; he might still be there.

From KTVB:

Lankford returns to Idaho County for possible retrial

Mark Lankford is back in Idaho County Jail this week after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled he must be either retried or released because of an error in jury instructions during his 1984 trial...

Judge grants motion to appoint Lankford new lead lawyer

A state judge has granted a motion to appoint a new lead lawyer for a man facing a second trial for his role in two 1983 slayings. Mark Lankford, 51, appeared today in Second District Court while his defense team urged the court to hire a more experienced attorney to supervise the case...

24 years later, the majority of taxpayers in Idaho County seem determined to try to execute this guy one more time around, tax base and other necessary tax expenditures be damned.