A county commissioner says he’s frustrated at having to pay the bill for a third trial in a murder case.
Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt says he’d be inclined to let a two-time convicted murderer go free, rather than have to pony up the cost of a third trial.
Brandt says Idaho County shouldn’t have to pay the bill for Mark H. Lankford’s third trial.
Lankford was convicted and sentenced to death in 1984 for beating a Texas Marine Captain and his wife to death at a campsite near Grangeville. That conviction was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.