Greenbelt murder suspect plea hearing rescheduled

csewell@idahostatesman.comMay 21, 2013 

Patrick John Zacharias makes an appearance in Ada County Court on Tuesday morning to enter a plea for the 1998 rape and murder of Kay Lynn Jackson.

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— The plea hearing for Patrick Jon Zacharias set for Tuesday morning has been rescheduled to June 11 at the public defender's request.

In April, a grand jury indicted Zacharias in the 1998 rape and murder of Kay Lynn Jackson.

The 22-year-old was killed on April 5, Palm Sunday morning, under the Americana Boulevard Bridge. She was walking to church after getting off work.

Zacharias, 40, has been in prison since February 2007, serving a life sentence for lewd conduct with a girl under 11.

During the initial investigation into Jackson's murder, investigators sent DNA from the suspected killer's semen to law enforcement databases around the country. They got no results.

When Zacharias was processed into prison in 2007 for the lewd conduct case, officials collected a DNA sample from him and sent it to Idaho State Police laboratory. Due to a statewide DNA processing backlog, his sample was not cataloged until recently, which officials say led to the hit on the DNA sample from Jackson's murder.

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