Mental health evaluation ordered for accused shooter of N. Idaho pastor
Thu., Aug. 11, 2016
A judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for Kyle Odom, the man accused of shooting a Coeur d’Alene church pastor in March.
Odom, who has a history of mental illness, is charged with aggravated battery for allegedly shooting Altar Church Pastor Tim Remington six times outside the church following a Sunday morning service. Remington survived and has returned to work.
The Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion Wednesday for Odom to be evaluated to determine if he is competent to stand trial. A preliminary hearing set for Friday will be rescheduled.
Odom could be sentenced to as many as 15 years in prison if convicted. He is in the Kootenai County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Odom, his public defender and the county prosecutor’s office recently sat down with a senior judge in a day-long confidential mediation to discuss a possible plea deal. No agreement came from that meeting.
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