Jury selection has begun in the case of two brothers accused of killing a U.S. Forest Service officer who tracked them through the woods in Bonner County following a botched house robbery.
Joseph Pratt, 27, of Sandpoint, and his brother James, 29, of Indian Hills, Colo., are accused of first-degree murder in the Jan. 12 shooting death of U.S. Forest Service agent Brent "Jake" Jacobson, a Provo native, as well as 17 other felonies.The trial was moved to Coeur d'Alene because of extensive news coverage in Bonner County. Jury selection began Monday.
The prosecution has said it will seek the death penalty if the Pratts are convicted on the murder charge.
Jacobson, the first U.S. Forest Service officer to be killed in the line of duty, will be honored for heroism at a June 7 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
A group of family and friends will attend when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter presents the agency's Distinguished Service award posthumously to the Provo native.
Jacobson, 41, was shot to death Jan. 12 while helping police track two robbery suspects through the snowy northern Idaho woods near Sandpoint.