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Body found in corn field in murder investigation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Nampa police and Canyon County crime scene investigators have recovered a body, believed to be that of a missing Nampa woman, in a cornfield in southwestern Idaho.

Police Chief Craig Kingsbury says it is a high probability that the body recovered Thursday is that of 37-year-old Selena Thomas, but a positive identification has not been made.

Officers were looking in the field south of Melba after Thomas' boyfriend reportedly told officers he hit her in the head with a hammer, stuffed her into a car trunk and buried her in a corn field with the help of three other men.

The boyfriend, 39-year-old Alfredo Martinez, has not been charged in the death.

Three other men are charged with aiding and abetting murder and failure to notify authorities of a death.


Not guilty pleas entered in Idaho double homicide

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A judge entered not guilty pleas on behalf of a man charged with strangling his wife and her daughter in Post Falls on July 8.

The Spokesman-Review reports 24-year-old Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga chose to remain silent Thursday when 1st District Judge Fred Gibler asked for his plea to the two counts of first-degree murder.

Morales-Larranaga is charged in the deaths of 24-year-old Facunda Velenzuelaleon and 6-year-old Dayana Valencia. He is being held in the Kootenai County jail with bail set at $2 million.

A Post Falls police report says Morales-Larranaga told a friend he strangled his wife .The friend asked about the girl and said Morales-Larranaga replied that she was hitting him so he "had to kill her, too."

Gibler granted prosecutors more time to decide if they will pursue the death penalty.


South-central Idaho man arrested for spanking

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Police in south-central Idaho arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly hitting his son so hard that it left bruises.

Police say David Anthony Loya was arraigned Monday on a misdemeanor of injury to a child.

The Times-News reports that Loya's wife called the police Sunday after she found bruises on their 3-year-old son on his lower back and upper buttocks.

She says Loya repeatedly hit the child because he soiled his pants.

Loya later told officials that he spanks his son because of religious beliefs, but that he might have gone too far.

He has been appointed a public defender and a pretrial conference is scheduled at the end of September.

Spanking is legal in Idaho, along with corporal punishment in public schools.


GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department's failure to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange broke the law.

The GAO also says the Pentagon's use of funds to conduct the transfer, when no money was available, was a violation of the Antideficiency Act which bars spending by agencies above the amount of money that Congress has obligated.

In May, five senior Taliban were released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl, who had disappeared in 2009. Under exchange terms, the five Taliban are to remain in Qatar for a year.

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