Death Penalty Considered for Men Accused of Shooting Teen
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors are considering seeking the death penalty against two Buhl men accused of killing a high school student last year.
The Times-News reports that 19-year-old Gerardo Raul Chavez and 20-year-old Jose Daniel Alvarez pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony counts of murder and intimidating a witness. The pair is accused of the May 7 drive-by shooting of 15-year-old Vason Lee Widaman.
Prosecutor Grant Loebs has 60 days to decide whether or not he will seek capital punishment for the two men.
During Wednesday's hearing, attorneys said a trial for the men will likely begin July 11. They each face up to life in prison for the charges against them if Loebs does not seek the death penalty.