Greenbelt murder suspect plea hearing bumped back again

csewell@idahostatesman.comJune 11, 2013 

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Patrick John Zacharias makes an appearance in Ada County Court on May 20, 2013, at a hearing for the 1999 rape and murder of Kay Lynn Jackson.


— Previously rescheduled to Tuesday, the plea hearing for Patrick Jon Zacharias has again been delayed, this time until June 25.

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.

Prosecutors have 60 days from when Zacharias enters his plea in Jackson's case to choose whether to seek the death penalty.

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 catalogued until recently, which officials say led to the hit on the DNA sample from Jackson's murder.

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