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Moscow shooting suspect to be held without bond

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Triple homicide suspect John Lee was sent back to Idaho to face murder charges on Monday Triple homicide suspect John Lee was sent back to Idaho to face murder charges on Monday
John Lee sits in a Latah County courtroom Tuesday morning in Moscow John Lee sits in a Latah County courtroom Tuesday morning in Moscow
MOSCOW, Idaho - The man accused of killing three people and injuring another in a January shooting rampage in Moscow made his first appearance in a Moscow court room on Tuesday. 

29-year-old John Lee was arrested in Whitman County following the shootings and a high speed pursuit with police. Since then Lee has been held in the Whitman County Jail on felony eluding charges, holding up his extradition back to Idaho to face the murder charges. 

Tuesday morning, Lee walked into the courtroom wearing his orange jail uniform for his first appearance on the three charges of murder and one charge of aggravated battery. The judge in the case call Lee a "severe flight risk" and ordered him to be held without bond. 

During the appearance, the judge said the case is "potentially a death penalty case" and now Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson has 60 days to decide if the state will seek the death penalty. 

Monday afternoon, the Whitman County Sheriff's Office confirmed the eluding charges against Lee were dropped by Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy, and Lee was sent back to Latah County in Idaho to face the murder charges. 

In his motion to dismiss the charges, Tracy reasoned the charges Lee faces in Washington pale in comparison to the murder charges in Idaho.

Lee is accused of going on a shooting rampage in January that began with his adoptive mother, Terri Grzebielski, then 76-year-old businessman David Trail, and then 47-year-old Belinda Niebuhr. Police believe Lee specifically targeted the three victims. Lee faces an additional charge of attempted murder for shooting Michael Chin as he was talking with Trail. 

If Lee is not convicted on the murder charges in Idaho, the Tracy said he will charge him with eluding, which is a Class C Felony. 

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