The parents of two men killed in random drive-by shootings in Ketchum last June have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against Mitchel John Odiaga of Boise.
Fourth District Judge Robert Newhouse Wednesday set both civil cases for trial Sept. 23 in Boise.Odiaga, 36, of Boise, is scheduled to stand trial July 22 in Hailey on two counts of first-degree murder and other criminal charges. He faces a possible death sentence.
Slain were Gerald "Shenandoah" Wright, 47, of Ketchum and Bruce Tate Schafer, 23, of Burley, Idaho.
In the civil suits, the victims' parents seek unspecified monetary damages from Odiaga.
Burley attorney Mark Ingram, representing the Schafer family, said Odiaga could be acquitted of the slayings but still stand trial on the civil complaint, accused of gross negligence.
At the time of the shootings, Ingram said, Odiaga had not taken prescribed anti-depressant medications.
"He knew or should have known that he was capable of this sort of action," the attorney said.
Ketchum attorney Stratton Laggis, representing the Wright family of Coos Bay, Ore., filed his lawsuit last week. The Schafer suit was filed in March, and transferred to Boise from Blaine County.