The attempted murder charge against a Coeur d'Alene man accused of shooting a northern Idaho pastor outside his church in early March has been reduced to aggravated battery.
Kyle Odom, 30, is accused of shooting pastor Tim Remington multiple times March 6 in the parking lot of The Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene. The shooting occurred less than 24 hours after Remington delivered the invocation at a local campaign rally for former Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Odom reportedly fled to Boise
following the shooting, boarded a flight to Washington, D.C. and was arrested March 8
outside the White House.
Law enforcement said Odom tossed documents over the White House fence, including a flash drive and package including Odom's now-infamous manifesto,
which insists "hypersexual" beings from Mars, including several prominent congressmen and women and the Idaho pastor, have been "controlling human civilization for millions of years."
Now, the Coeur d'Alene Press reports
Kootenai County prosecutors have decided to proceed against Odom with the lesser charge, but added that if found guilty, the aggravated battery charge carries the same maximum sentence of 15 years in prison as the attempted murder charge.
Meanwhile, Odom faces an additional deadly weapon enhancement that would tack on another possible 15 years in prison if he's found guilty.
Odom's next court hearing is Friday, June 3 in Kootenai County District Court.