Suspect in 1998 Greenbelt murder may face death penalty

Suspect in 1998 Greenbelt murder may face death penalty

Suspect in 1998 Greenbelt murder may face death penalty

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by Karen Zatkulak and KTVB.COM

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Posted on June 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 11 at 5:08 PM

BOISE -- An Ada County Judge and prosecuting attorneys discussed a possible death sentence for the man charged in a high-profile 1998 rape and murder case in Boise.

Patrick Zacharias, 40, appeared before Ada County Judge Ron Wilper on Tuesday where he was scheduled to enter a plea in the Kay Lynn Jackson murder case.

However, both prosecuting and defense attorneys asked for the plea hearing to be rescheduled to June 25th.

Wilper and county prosecutors also discussed the possibility of seeking the death penalty in the case.

County prosecutors say they haven't yet decided whether they'll seek the death penalty. However, that factor must be decided within 60 days of Zacharias' scheduled plea agreement.

Jackson was just 22-years-old when her body was found on the Greenbelt in April of 1998. She was killed while walking to church on Palm Sunday.

Zacharias was charged with Jackson's murder on May 1st of this year. He was already serving a life prison sentence for lewd conduct with a minor.

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