A man wanted by Idaho authorities in an attack that left a church pastor seriously wounded was able to board a commercial airliner in Boise, Idaho, and travel to Washington, DC, this week despite an attempted-murder warrant for his arrest, the AP reports. After the shooting, Kyle Odom drove more than six hours from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to the airport in Boise and departed Monday morning, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The agency said it was not informed of law enforcement's interest in Odom until Monday evening. Odom, 30, was arrested while allegedly throwing items onto the White House lawn on Tuesday evening. He also apparently wrote a manifesto contending that Martians controlled the Earth, police said.
Odom appeared in District of Columbia Superior Court on Wednesday, wearing handcuffs and a chain connecting his ankles. He said only his name when asked. His public defender said Odom declined to waive an extradition hearing and be sent back to Idaho in the next few days. Odom, a former Marine, graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in biochemistry. The manifesto said that his life started to deteriorate during his final semester and was now "ruined by an intelligent species of amphibian-humanoid from Mars." Pastor Tim Remington, 55, who was shot six times in Sunday's attack, regained consciousness Monday night in a Coeur d'Alene hospital. The pastor, who is married and has four children, is expected to recover from his wounds. (Read more Idaho stories.)