Murder suspect arraigned in district court


An Idaho Falls man suspected of murdering a woman with a baseball bat was arraigned Tuesday in Bonneville County District Court.

Jameion Hernandez, 20, has been charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Hernandez pleaded not guilty during his arraignment.

Hernandez was arrested in July after his friends told police he had admitted to killing Lisa Stukey, the 62-year-old victim who had dated Hernandez’s late grandfather.

Dorine Speirs, a friend of Stukey’s, testified at a November preliminary hearing that Stukey convinced Hernandez’s grandfather to disinherit the family before he died. Court records show Hernandez told police he blamed Stukey for his family’s struggles.

Forensic Pathologist Dr. Charles Garrison testified that a July 6 autopsy found Stukey had been dead at least two weeks before she was discovered in her home. Garrison also said her death was caused by blunt trauma to the head.

A status conference is scheduled for Jan. 16, and a jury trial is scheduled to begin April 10.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.