Idaho man's sentences in road trip slayings upheld

Idaho man's sentences in road trip slayings upheld
John Delling in Ada County court this week.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and sentencing of a Boise man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slayings of two college students during an erratic, 6,500-mile road trip across the West in 2007.

John Delling was sentenced to two life terms in prison without parole in 2009 for the deaths of David Boss and Bradley Morse, both of Idaho. Delling appealed and said the state's prohibition of insanity as a defense was unconstitutional, but the justices rejected that argument in a ruling Thursday.

Delling was 21 when authorities arrested him for killing Boss and Morse while wounding a third man, Jacob Thompson, in Arizona. Delling had attended a Boise high school with Boss and Thompson, while police say he met Morse on a gaming website.