Judge rejects plea deal in Daniel Lazcano case

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Judge Frazier felt the plea agreement wasn’t harsh enough.
COLFAX, WA - Friday in the Whitman County Courthouse, Superior Court Judge David Frazier rejected the plea agreement that was proposed in the state's case against the man accused of shooting and killing Marcus Schur in 2011.

The agreement stipulated that Daniel Lazcano would plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter, and to improper disposal of human remains, which he was already found guilty of in his first trial. Frazier said that the agreement wasn't harsh enough because the manslaughter charge would result in only 21 to 27 months in prison.

"This proposal is insulting to the system," said Frazier.

"He thinks that in this case, the plea agreement went too far in one direction, and I certainly understand that and I respect it and we will prepare for another trial," said Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy.

Frazier said that since both of Lazcano's trials in Whitman County resulted in hung juries, it's highly likely that the trial will be moved to a different county. However, there's still a possibility that counsel will reach another settlement. Daniel Lazcano's brother, Frank, is currently serving 25 years in prison for his role in the murder, even though the state accuses Daniel Lazcano of pulling the trigger.