N. Idaho teen pleads not guilty to murder charge

N. Idaho teen pleads not guilty to murder charge

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N. Idaho teen pleads not guilty to murder charge

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM

   SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- A northern Idaho teen accused of killing a romantic rival has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder


   Other media outlets report the case against 19-year-old Austin Blake Thrasher will go to trial in July. Thrasher appeared in Idaho's 1st District Court earlier this week.


   He is among three Bonner County residents charged in the death of 19-year-old Michael Wyatt Smith. Thrasher's wife, 22-year-old Jennifer Thrasher, and 19-year-old Christopher Garlin face accessory to murder charges.


   Detectives received a tip in January that a man was picked up on the pretense of attending a party and driven to the woods, then shot and buried. Smith's body was later found on private property near Hope.


   Authorities allege Thrasher killed Smith over a 16-year-old girl the two had both been seeing.

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