Boise woman pleads guilty to Geddes murder

Idaho StatesmanJanuary 16, 2014 

Jordan Marie Shaver, 21, charged with second degree murder.


Jordan Marie Shaver, 22, pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the October 2012 execution-style shooting death of Brian Geddes, 49.

Shaver was originally charged with first-degree murder and was scheduled to go to trial next month.

Shaver accepted a plea bargain that lowered the murder charge and under which Ada County prosecutors agreed to drop four other charges, robbery, grand theft, use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony and failure to notify authorities about a death.

In allowing Shaver to plead guilty to second-degree murder, prosecutors removed an allegation that the murder was premeditated. Prosecutors also agreed not to seek a life sentence. Instead, they will recommend that she serve a minimum of 20 years in prison — double the minimum sentence — when she appears before Fourth District Judge Timothy Hansen on March 21 for sentencing.

Hansen ordered that Shaver undergo a psychological evaluation before sentencing. Shaver had previously been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, Tourette syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a court document Shaver filled out as part of her Dec. 23 guilty plea.

The charges that were dismissed concerned allegations that Shaver took possession of Geddes' home, car, cell phone and other items. They also said she stole more than $1,000 in cash.

Police found the body of Geddes wrapped in a comforter and stuffed under his mobile home on Nov. 2, 2012. Investigators believed he had been killed Oct. 16.

Geddes' adult children, Brennan Geddes and Aubray Geddes, got suspicious when they hadn't heard from their father. They confronted Shaver after finding her in their dad's home near the Greenbelt and told police she ran off.

Police later located Shaver outside a store. She was found with Geddes' cell phone in her possession.

Shaver told police that she accidentally shot Geddes when he fixed her handgun and it discharged while he handed it back to her, according to court records. But an autopsy showed that the gunshot to the back of Geddes' head came from a gun that was pressed against his head.

Authorities said Shaver and Geddes were romantically involved, but Geddes' family says he was just trying to help a woman who said she had nowhere to go.

Court records show that Shaver was evicted from an Ada County apartment less than three months before Geddes was killed.

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