Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Elgee disqualified from hearing Reimer case

Express Staff Writer

Deborah A. Reimer

Shooting suspect Deborah A. Reimer pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of second-degree attempted murder when she was arraigned in Blaine County 5th District Court on Monday morning. The criminal offense carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Reimer, 54, also faces a sentence enhancement charge of use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. Under Idaho law, that charge can add an additional 15 years to a suspect's sentence.

Speaking in a quiet voice, Reimer denied her guilt on both charges.

She is accused of firing two shots at former boyfriend Robert Dreyer on the morning of July 18 at Dreyer's home at Glade Court in southern Ketchum.

Reimer was ordered to stand trial on the charges following a preliminary hearing before Judge Ted Israel on Aug. 1 in Blaine County Magistrate Court.

Dreyer, 59, attended Monday's arraignment. Reimer appeared to be looking in his direction on several occasions while she waited in court before and after her arraignment proceedings.

Blaine County District Court Judge Robert J. Elgee presided over the arraignment, but will not hear the case because of a disqualification motion filed by Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas. Under Idaho judiciary rules, Thomas is not required to state a reason for requesting that the case be heard by a new judge. The case has now been assigned to Barry Wood, the district's administrative judge who normally presides in Shoshone and Gooding counties.

Thomas has disqualified Elgee from 10 Blaine County felony cases since September of last year. Thomas declined to comment when asked about his reasons in several of those cases.

A trial date for Reimer was not scheduled. Elgee said the date will have to be coordinated with Wood's calendar.

Thomas said the trial should last at least five days and will not likely be held for at least two months while investigators await the results of ballistics tests on the bullet slugs recovered from Dreyer's home.

Reimer remained incarcerated in the Gooding County Jail on $500,000 bond. She is being held in Gooding because the Blaine County Jail does not have accommodations for female inmates.

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