Idaho Gunman Accused of Triple-Slaying Due in Court This Week 

click to enlarge John Lee, 29, was caught by law enforcement in Whitman Co., Washington. - WHITMAN COUNTY (WASH.) SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Whitman County (Wash.) Sheriff's Office
  • John Lee, 29, was caught by law enforcement in Whitman Co., Washington.
A full seven months have passed since a shooting spree in Moscow left three people dead and a fourth fighting for his life. The north central Idaho community will begin reliving those moments when the accused gunman is in court later this week.

John Lee, 29, is accused of the January 10 fatal shooting of his adoptive mother 61-year-old Terri Grzebielski, his landlord 76-year-old David Trail, coworker 47-year-old Belinda Niebuhr, and the shooting of a fourth person: 39-year-old Michael Chin, who spent the better part of a week in critical condition. Following the shootings, Lee led law enforcement on a high-speed chase into Washington, where he was held on a charge of eluding police. Prosecutors asked Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to communicate with his Washington counterpart, Gov. Jay Inslee, to speed up Lee's extradition to Idaho.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports Lee is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday, July 16 in Latah County Court, where it will be determined if there is probable cause to send Lee over to 2nd District Court to answer to three counts of first-degree murder, carrying possible sentences of life in prison or the death penalty.

Latah County public defender Deborah McCormick and attorney Charles Kovis have been appointed to defend Lee. The Tribune reports 2nd District Court Judge John Stegner will probably be at the bench for for Lee's murder trial.
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