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Man accused of shooting Coeur d'Alene pastor no longer facing attempted murder charge

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The Kootenai County prosecutor's office dropped the attempted murder charge that the man accused of shooting a Coeur d'Alene pastor had been facing. Kyle Odom will now face an aggravated battery charge instead.

A source with the prosecutor's office told KHQ that both charges carry the same maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Odom is also charged with a weapons enhancement -- using a deadly weapon in committing a felony -- which could give him another 15 years in prison, if convicted.

Odom is accused of shooting Pastor Tim Remington six times with a handgun on March 6. It happened outside of The Altar Church, just after a Sunday service. Remington was seriously injured, but is back on the road to health. He says he forgives Odom and hopes Odom gets the help he needs.

Odom was found and arrested throwing things over the White House fence in Washington, D.C. two days after the shooting. Prosecutors believe Odom shot Pastor Remington, then drove to Boise, Idaho and hopped a plane to Washington, D.C. Odom wrote extensively in a journal about how aliens that looked like humans lived among us and were working to enslave the human race. Prosecutors say Odom believed that Pastor Remington was one of those aliens, and shot him to prevent enslavement and expose the truth.

Police say the former Marine, and University of Idaho graduate, has a history of mental illness. Odom was arraigned in Coeur d'Alene May 9 and is being held in jail on a $500,000 bond. At a June 3 hearing, prosecutors will make their case for moving forward with prosecution.

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