Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Trial starts in Hailey shooting case

Jury to decide if defendant acted in self-defense

Express Staff Writer

Adam Keith Boyd

     Jury selection began Tuesday in Blaine County 5th District Court in a felony aggravated battery case stemming from a shooting in July near Subway Sandwiches on Main Street in Hailey.

     Presiding in the trial for Adam Keith Boyd, 30, of Hailey is Judge Jonathon P. Brody, who normally presides in Minidoka County. The case was assigned to Brody after Judge Robert Elgee disqualified himself because of a motion filed by the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. By Idaho court rules, the prosecutor’s office was not required to state a reason for the disqualification motion.

     Boyd was initially held on $75,000 bond following the shooting on the evening of July 13. He was released from custody in December when Hailey attorney Keith Roark, assigned as public defender, successfully argued that bond should be reduced to $15,000.

     According to police reports and testimony at a preliminary hearing in August, the case revolves around the question of whether Boyd shot Anthony Parsons, 29, of Hailey, in self-defense.

Parsons claimed at the preliminary hearing that he was not the aggressor in the incident with Boyd and his associate, 25-year-old Nathan DeFord, also of Hailey. Judge Ted Israel ruled at the hearing that the case should be put to a jury for a decision.

     Parsons was initially flown in critical condition to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he was kept for about two weeks before being released.

     The trial is expected to last until Friday.

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