Prosecutors modify charges against teens in murder case

Posted at 1:44 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 15:44:06-04

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors have added conspiracy charges against two California teens facing trial in connection with the stabbing death of an Idaho woman.

The Idaho State Journal reports Bannock County prosecutors presented the amended criminal complaints during a hearing on Wednesday, adding conspiracy to the existing murder charges. Prosecutors say 18-year-old Dustin Garrett Alfaro and 17-year-old Isaac Angel Rodriguez-Romero, both of Marysville, California, fatally stabbed 87-year-old Arlyne Koehler in her Pocatello home earlier this year.

Defense attorneys for the teens told the judge the amended complaints were unfair — particularly since both are scheduled for preliminary hearings next month — but Judge Aaron Thompson approved the new charges.

Family members found Koehler dead inside her home on March 19. The teens were arrested in California two days later.

Prosecutors have not yet said if they will seek the death penalty against Alfaro; Rodriguez-Romero is not eligible for capital punishment because he is a minor.