A man already convicted of a Utah killing is making another attempt to disqualify 6th District Judge William Woodland from hearing his first-degree murder case.
Patricia McDermott, attorney for James Louis Holland, 48, this week filed a motion to disqualify Woodland from hearing the Holland case.Holland already is under death sentence in Utah for a slaying, and that case is on appeal to the Utah Supreme Court.
In a separate Idaho case, Holland is accused of the July 4, 1987, slaying of Karl Behn, 24, Highland Heights, Fla., at the Juniper rest stop on Interstate 84 in Oneida County near the Utah border.
Earlier in the week, Woodland rejected a defense motion that he be disqualified for cause. He ruled no cause was shown that would require him to step down from the case.
The latest effort to disqualify is a peremptory challenge, or without cause.
Trial is scheduled to begin in February at Malad.