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Ex-Idaho candidate appears in Colorado court in girl's death

Steve Pankey is accused of kidnapping and killing a 12-year-old girl in December 1984. He is being held without bond.
Credit: Weld County Sheriff's Office
Steven Dana Pankey, 69, is accused of murdering Jonelle Matthews in 1984.

GREELEY, Colo. — A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate charged with kidnapping and killing a 12-year-old Colorado girl who disappeared after a holiday concert over 35 years ago made his first court appearance in the state on Friday. 

Steve D. Pankey went before a judge in Greeley for a brief hearing two days after being sent there from an Idaho jail to face prosecution in the killing of his former neighbor, Jonelle Matthews, in 1984. 

Pankey's lawyer said he planned to ask the judge to consider allowing him to be released on bond after a December hearing to weigh the evidence in the case.

Pankey was arrested on Oct. 12 at his home in Meridian, Idaho and transferred to Colorado on Wednesday.

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