IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An eastern Idaho man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 21-year-old woman could face the death penalty.
The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/12dCm26) Thursday that Bonneville County Prosecutor Bruce Pickett filed the notice of intent last week to seek the death penalty against 22-year-old Adan Arroyo of Blackfoot.
Arroyo was charged earlier this year with first-degree murder and a weapons enhancement. Prosecutors said he shot 21-year-old Kristy M. Aschliman four times on Jan. 19 and left her for dead on the side of the road near Ammon. Arroyo pleaded not guilty in March.
Pickett said the case met three aggravating circumstances to make the death penalty a possibility.
"By the murder, or circumstances surrounding its commission, the defendant exhibited utter disregard for human life," Picket wrote.
"The murder was committed in perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, kidnapping and the defendant killed, intended a killing, or acted with reckless indifference to human life," Pickett cited as a second reason for the death penalty.
"The defendant, by his conduct ... before, during or after the commission of the murder has exhibited a propensity to commit murder which will probably constitute a continuing threat to society," Pickett wrote as the third reason for seeking the death penalty.
At a probable cause hearing in March, witnesses testified that Arroyo chased Aschliman while shooting at her. Clay White testified Aschliman fell to her knees and Arroyo came up to her and shot her in the head.
White also testified that earlier that day, Arroyo and Aschliman had come to pick him up. After going to Aschliman's home, White said he overheard Arroyo calling Aschliman a "rat."
White said Arroyo told White and Aschliman that they were going for a drive to talk to someone. During the drive, White said, Arroyo pulled out a gun and ordered White to drive instead of Aschliman.
While White was driving, Aschliman jumped out of the moving car. White said Arroyo told him to turn around, but as he did, the car slid into a ditch. White said Arroyo started chasing Aschliman on foot and shooting.
Other witnesses who live along the road also identified Arroyo as the man they saw running away from Aschliman's body. Paramedics who arrived at the scene determined she was dead. Arroyo was later found at a residence and taken into custody.
Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com