Plea of 'not guilty' entered in Greenbelt murder case

June 25, 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.

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— Prosecutors will have until October to decide whether to seek the death penalty against Patrick Zacharias, 40, for a 1998 rape and murder.

Kay Lynn Jackson, 22, was killed on April 5, 1998, under the Americana Boulevard Bridge while walking to church. In April 2013, a grand jury indicted Zacharias for the crime.

A judge entered a plea of "not guilty" Tuesday morning on Zacharias' behalf as the defendant chose to "stand silent" rather than enter a plea.

Prosecutors had 60 days from the plea entry to decide whether to seek the death penalty. They asked Tuesday for more time, and will have 120 days total to make that decision.

A trial for Zacharias is now set for February.

Zacharias has been in prison since February 2007, serving a life sentence for lewd conduct with a girl under 11. DNA testing connected him to the Jackson case.

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