Protection lawyer: Pankey’s alibi in 1984 homicide ‘clearly has an axe to grind’

Defense attorney: Pankey's alibi in 1984 murder 'obviously has an axe to grind'

Steve Pankey, a former Longshot nominee for Idaho governor, has been charged with the murder of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews in Colorado.

BOISE, Idaho – Steve Pankey's attorneys make their defense plan pretty clear when former Idaho gubernatorial candidate is charged with murder on a Colorado case.

Police in Greeley, Colorado last week charged Pankey with the kidnapping and murder of Jonelle Matthews in 1984.

During the announcement, detectives didn't give much background on how they linked Pankey to the 12-year-old girl's death.

However, they said he had been involved in their investigation on multiple occasions and had far more knowledge of the case than what was made public.

Your case also depends on Pankey's alibi – or the lack of it. He said he was in California with his family when Matthews went missing. His now ex-wife has denied this allegation, which investigators put on their indictments.

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KTVB spoke to one of Pankey's attorneys who said this new development did not go together.

"The memory [of his ex-wife] of the event is wrong and this issue has again been thoroughly discussed between Mr. Pankey and I and it will come out in court," said defense attorney Hyong Pak. "And his ex-wife, Angela Hicks, obviously an ex, obviously has an ax to sharpen."

Pankey remains in the Ada County Jail while awaiting extradition to Colorado.

Both police and prosecutors in charge of the case declined to provide additional comments.

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