Thursday, July 12, 2007

State to Seek Death Penalty in Double Murder

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced this afternoon that it will seek the death penalty in its case against Todd Hanas, who is accused of murdering his two roommates earlier this year.

Boise Police found the victims’ bodies buried in the backyard and in a crawlspace under home on Hisel Street after firefighters responded to an emergency call. They found Hanas sitting on the porch of the burning home, beer in hand. He told them there were bodies on site.

They found the body of Jody Collingsworth in the house’s crawlspace. Hanas is accused of cutting her throat and burying her sometime between January and March of this year. Jeffrey Willett’s body was found in the backyard. He was killed with a blow to the head and buried sometime in April.

In the notice to seek the death penalty, attorneys state that they will rely on aggravating circumstances, including that the murder was “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel, manifesting exceptional depravity.”

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