A Lewiston man charged with murdering his elderly father has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial early next year.
59-year-old Mark Hopson allegedly suffocated his 94-year-old father Billy Hopson on the night of June 7th. According to court records, the younger Hopson said Alzheimer’s had left his father with no dignity, “and he couldn’t watch him any longer.”
Lewiston police say Hopson suffocated his father in his bed, and then woke up his sister, Debra Taylor, to tell her what he had done.
Hopson is being held in the Nez Perce County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.
The maximum penalty for first-degree murder in Idaho is either life in prison or death and a $50,000 fine.
His jury trial is scheduled for February 1st. (Lewiston Tribune)