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Trial for Steve Pankey begins

Police labeled the case as a homicide investigation and sent a SWAT team to search Steve...
Police labeled the case as a homicide investigation and sent a SWAT team to search Steve Pankey's home on Elm Street.(KMVT)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 5:03 PM MDT
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GREELEY, Colorado (KMVT/KSVT) — The trial for former Idaho Gubernatorial candidate Steve Pankey has begun in Colorado. Pankey has been charged with the murder of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews.

Matthews’s family testified after opening statements. The prosecution’s first three witnesses are set to be her Mom, Dad, and sister. Matthews first went missing in December of 1984 only to have her remains discovered by construction workers in 2019.

Prosecutors say she died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

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