The 58-year-old suspect in the July stabbing and bludgeoning death of Emmett resident Darole Carpenter, 78, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, forgery and three counts of theft by false promise.
Douglas Everett Anderson entered the pleas last week during an appearance before Third District Gem County Judge Susan Wiebe.
Anderson, a former Emmett resident, is scheduled for trial before a jury on Feb. 5.
Anderson was arrested Sept. 6 at his home near Salmon, in Lemhi County.
He is accused of killing Carpenter July 8 in order to conceal that he defrauded the saddle maker out of $30,000. Authorities say Anderson agreed to purchase cattle and hay with Carpenter's money but had no intention of carrying out the transactions.
A spot of Carpenter's blood was found in Anderson's vehicle, the Idaho State Police said. Video footage placed the vehicle at Carpenter's residence at the time of the murder, police said.
Anderson is also accused of a separate fraud in which he allegedly cheated a couple out of $230,000 that he also said he would use to buy cattle and hay.
He is being held without bond in the Gem County Jail in Emmett.