Trial date set for grandson of prisons director

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The first-degree murder trial for the grandson of the Idaho Department of Correction's director is scheduled to begin July 21 in south-central Idaho.

Attorneys met Wednesday to discuss pretrial matters involving Bradly Frank James, 23, of Twin Falls, The Times-News reported.

He has pleaded not guilty to the fatal shooting and stabbing Dec. 12 of Larry Ray Miller, 58, in Filer. James is being held in the Twin Falls County Jail without bond.

Brent Reinke has been the director of the Idaho Department of Correction since 2007. He took a two-week leave of absence in mid-March to address his grandson's prosecution. Reinke returned to work on March 27, an agency spokeswoman said.

James shot Miller in the face with a rifle and stabbed him 25 times, prosecutors said. Police said that Miller's home had a bullet hole and that Miller's blood was found in the home, outside on the lawn, on walkways and at the Filer Post Office two blocks away.

Police officers tried to save Miller, but he died about a block from the post office in front of Knuton's Kustom Kutting.

Evidence includes surveillance videos, authorities added.

Doug Nelson, James' attorney, plans to have a psychiatrist testify. The psychiatrist believes James suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and she'll testify how PTSD affected James' ability to think rationally, court documents say.

A previous defense attorney at a December arraignment said James is an "honored veteran of the U.S. military."

About 175 people filled out jury questionnaires last week. Many were excused, and 5th District Court Judge Randy Stoker said about 70 will be called July 18 for final jury selection.

The state's case will take about two or three days, Special Prosecutor Mark Hiedeman said. If convicted, James faces life in prison. Prosecutors said they won't seek the death penalty.

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Information from: The Times-News