Burley Man Pleads Not Guilty To 2012 Murder


By KMVT News

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A Cassia County man is pleading not guilty to murder charges.

Jose Lara was in a Cassia County courtroom Monday morning.

In January of 2012, Lara was arrested for strangling his wife Joann to death.

He was initially declared mentally incompetent to stand trial...

But that decision was later reversed in a Cassia County magistrate court.

Monday morning in court, Lara pleaded not guilty to the charge of first degree murder.

A pre-trial hearing is set for January 21st at 9:30 in Burley.

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