Idaho Prosecutors Need Otter's Help to Speed Up Extradition of Moscow Shooting Suspect


The suspect in a triple homicide that stunned the city of Moscow a week ago stood before a judge in a Colfax, Wash. courtroom Friday and pleaded innocent to a charge of eluding law enforcement after allegedly gunning down four people at three different Moscow locations—leaving three dead and a fourth fighting for his life.

John Lee, 29, of Moscow, will now stand trial on Monday, March 16 on the eluding charge. Meanwhile, Whitman County (Wash.) Superior Court Judge David Frazier said there was sufficient probable cause to support murder charges against Lee, prompting an extradition hearing set for Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Washington state prosecutors say they want to resolve the eluding charge before returning Lee to Idaho to face the more serious charges.

KREM-TV reports that Idaho prosecutors will ask Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to communicate with his Washington counterpart, Gov. Jay Inslee, to see if the extradition process can be sped up.