- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho man accused of shooting a pastor multiple times might get to resolve his case outside of court.

A Kootenai County District Court judge agreed Tuesday to allow lawyers for Kyle Odom, 30, to discuss a possible plea deal with prosecutors. The pastor will be allowed to give his input during the negotiation and a retired judge will serve as the mediator, the Coeur d’Alene Press (https://bit.ly/29koLAE ) reported.

Odom could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of charges associated with the March 6 shooting of Pastor Tim Remington in a Coeur d’Alene church parking lot. Prosecutors say Odom drove to Boise after the shooting and boarded an airplane to Washington, D.C., the next day. He was later arrested by Secret Service agents there after being seen throwing flash drives and other items over the White House fence.

Mediation sessions are confidential. Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Jed Whitaker said prosecutors and defense attorneys are working toward a resolution and Remington is “aware of the posture of the case.”

If the two sides reach a plea agreement, the judge can decide whether or not to accept the deal. If they don’t reach an agreement, the case will continue as planned.

Odom has been held at Kootenai County jail since May 6. He is charged with aggravated battery and a felony deadly weapons enhancement charge.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, https://www.cdapress.com

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