With the first-degree murder trial of James Holland only a month away, the Idaho Supreme Court has taken under advisement arguments by Holland's attorney that 6th District Judge William Woodland be required to accept a plea bargain agreement.
That agreement could spare Holland, 48, from a death sentence. He is accused of the July 4, 1987, rest stop killing of Karl Behm, 24. He died of two gunshot wounds to the chest and was found at a rest stop near the Idaho-Utah border in Oneida County.Holland is on death row in Utah on a similar killing.
The judge accepted a guilty plea last year that would have spared Holland the death penalty. But during a sentencing hearing in December, the judge decided to reject the agreement.