November 24, 2011

Judge orders evaluation of North Idaho murder suspect


BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) — A judge has ordered a northern Idaho man charged with second-degree murder undergo a competency evaluation before entering a plea in the case.

Prosecutors charged 61-year-old John August Funkhouser called 911 earlier this month and told dispatchers that he shot and killed 43-year-old Anna Old inside the house they shared south of Bonners Ferry. Deputies who responded said Old appeared to have been dead for some time.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports Funkhouser remains held on a $1 million bail.

Court records show a public defender for Funkhouser asked that a Nov. 18 preliminary hearing in the case be postponed to allow time for a competency evaluation. A judge in Idaho’s 1st District Court granted the request and the hearing was vacated but has yet to be rescheduled.

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