Jurors deliberating in former Idaho candidate's murder trial

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Posted at 1:36 PM, Nov 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-02 15:36:18-04

GREELEY, Colo. — Jurors are deliberating in the trial of a former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate charged with murder in the death of a 12-year-old Colorado girl who disappeared in 1984.

Steve Pankey was a neighbor of Jonelle Matthews and her family when she vanished after being dropped off at her empty home by a family friend after performing at a Christmas concert.

He only emerged as a person of interest in the case three decades later after claiming to have information about what happened to her and asking for immunity.

His lawyer said he's a paranoid true crime junkie but not a murderer.