TWIN FALLS -- An Idaho grand jury has indicted a26-year-old Nevada man on a first-degree murder charge and 11 otherfelonies in connection with a hotel standoff that left a policeofficer injured and a bystander dead.
The Times-News reports Clark Cleveland, of Spring Creek, Nev., was indicted in Idaho's 5th District Court on charges including murder, second-degree kidnapping, aggravated battery on an officer
with a deadly weapon, and six counts of aggravated assault on an officer with a deadly weapon.
Cleveland appeared at a hearing at which the court entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. A Jan. 17 trial date was set.
Prosecutors say Cleveland shot Idaho State Police Trooper Nicholas Walker in the leg after fleeing from a July 15 traffic stop and then later took a woman hostage during the standoff with
authorities at a Hampton Inn in Twin Falls.
A bystander, 43-year-old Tracy Ivie of Lindon, Utah, was a guest at the hotel and was killed during the crisis.
Cleveland was initially charged with aggravated battery on a police officer and felony eluding, but prosecutors said he could face other charges after investigators piece together what happened
at the hotel, which was a complicated process that took time because of the number of law enforcement agencies involved in the case.
Those initial charges are now part of the grand jury indictment, Twin Falls prosecutor Grant Loebs said.
The day of the standoff, a misdemeanor warrant was issued for Cleveland's arrest on allegations that he failed to show up for probation appointments stemming from a drunken driving conviction
earlier this year, according to court documents.
The two cases are not related, and it was not yet clear what, if anything, sparked the July 15 chase and standoff, prosecutors said.
Cleveland's criminal record in Idaho is limited -- a few misdemeanors and a handful of sealed cases. Criminal cases can be sealed by the court for several reasons, such as if the defendant
is a minor.
In this case, the trouble started when an Idaho State Police trooper tried to make a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 93 near Twin Falls and the driver took off, authorities said. The ensuing chase reached estimated speeds of 100 miles per hour before the suspect's car crashed and the driver ran into a side door of the Hampton Inn.
Prosecutors say the suspect, later identified as Cleveland, was the only person who fired shots inside the hotel, hitting Walker in the leg and taking a woman hostage. Another bystander, Ivie, was
shot and killed.
Twin Falls police said two Special Weapons and Tactics teams were sent inside the building and a negotiator was able to talk to the suspected gunman inside the hotel. After about 30 minutes of negotiations, the suspect released the woman unharmed and surrendered to law enforcement officers.