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Idaho County to retry Mark Lankford for 1983 murders

LEWISTON, Idaho - (AP) -- Prosecutors in northern Idaho say they will retry a man after the Idaho Supreme Court ruled he's entitled to a new trial following a murder conviction.

Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor tells the Lewiston Tribune in a story on Saturday that his office is ready to retry Mark Lankford.

Mark Lankford and his younger brother, Bryan Lankford, were convicted of the 1983 beating deaths of a couple from El Paso, Texas.

Mark Lankford was granted a new trial in 2007 due to a jury instruction error from the 1984 trial.

An Idaho County jury in 2008 convicted Mark Lankford of two counts of first-degree murder, and he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole.

But the Idaho Supreme Court ruled prosecutors violated his constitutional rights to a fair trial in the second trial.

A trial date hasn't been set.


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