New judge appointed in Latah County murder case - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

New judge appointed in Latah County murder case

Silas Parks pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Silas Parks pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder
Sarah Parks Sarah Parks

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - A new judge has been appointed in the case of a northern Idaho man who is accused of killing his pregnant wife and setting fire to their home.

An attorney for 25-year-old Silas Parks filed a motion earlier this week seeking to disqualify District Judge John Stegner from the case.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Administrative Judge Jeff Brudie, from the 2nd Judicial District in Nez Perce County, has appointed himself to replace Stegner in the Latah County case.

Parks has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson.

Sarah Parks, 28, was found on a bed in the couple's burned-out duplex June 24. She was 20 weeks pregnant. Officials say she died of either suffocation or strangulation before the fire.

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