Murder trial begins in Boise for man already on death row

Murder trial begins in Boise for man already on death row
BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Defense lawyers for a man already on death row say there simply isn't enough evidence to convict him of the second slaying.

The trial of Erick Hall got under way today at the Ada County Courthouse.

In opening statements, defense attorney Rob Chastain didn't deny Hall was involved in the slaying of Cheryl Hanlon in 2003. But he urged jurors to keep on open mind about the case and his client.

Meanwhile, Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Jan Bennets says Hall lured Hanlon to the Boise foothills where he raped and strangled her, then tried to bury the evidence.

Hall is charged with first-degree murder ... and prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty if Hall is convicted.

Hall was previously convicted and sentenced to death in the 2000 slaying of a flight attendant, whose body was found along Boise's greenbelt.

A DNA sample taken after Hall was arrested in the Hanlon slaying linked him to the 2000 slaying.

In an interesting twist, the jury is made up of Gooding County residents who will be bussed to Boise daily.

(The Idaho Statesman)