By RODNEY D. BOAM
James Pilgrim 41, accused of allegedly killing Chad Kirk Andrus in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 26, waived his rights to a speedy preliminary hearing scheduled onFriday.
Pilgrim’s defense attorney, Don Marler, filed a motion seeking a competency evaluation.
A preliminary hearing is held only for felony cases and is always conducted before a magistrate judge.
If Pilgrim is bound over to District Court, he must appear for an arraignment. At the arraignment, the defendant will be advised of his rights and the procedures the court will follow from that point on, according to the Criminal Case Process provided by Idaho District Court
The Preston Citizen attempted to contact Prosecuting Attorney Vic Pearson for comment, but was unsuccessful due to his schedule on Friday.
The funeral for 44-year-old Andrus was held on May 1 at Webb Funeral home.
Jay McKenzie, an LDS Bishop conducted the service.
“He was a well-respected individual and worked at Plastic Industries in Preston for many years,” McKenzie said. “He was a good employee and well liked by those who worked with him.”
Andrus was killed in the early morning hours of April 26 in an out building at his residence, 801 W. 800 North, and was pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency medical units, said Preston Police chief Ken Geddes.
Preston City police officers and Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies immediately responded to the scene. Officers took the suspect into custody,” said Geddes.
Pilgrim, is being held in the Caribou County Jail on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Pilgrim is being held without bail.
“The investigation is currently ongoing by the Preston City Police Department with the assistance of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office,” said Geddes.
“Our hearts and feelings go towards the families of the victim for their loss of a loved one and the trauma they experienced.”
Earlier statements by police authorities indicated Pilgrim was transported on April 26 under police custody to the Franklin County Medical Center for unknown injuries.
“This had a horrible outcome, McKenzie said. “It is a sad event. We don’t have too many events like this in our county.”
The last homicide in Preston occurred on Dec. 26, 2006.
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