BOISE -- An Idaho inmate accused of the sexual assault and beating death of an 11-year-old Ogden girl two decades ago claims the DNA test that identified him as a suspect is faulty.
Gregory Seamons told a judge Tuesday he has proof that the DNA sample taken in 2011 by Ogden police at the Valley County Jail in Idaho was done in dirty conditions. Seamons said he wants Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to know about the flaw with the test.
If that doesn't sway the governor, Seamons said he will file a writ of habeas corpus with the district court, meaning he will fight extradition. If that happens, it could be months before Seamons is brought to Utah, where he is charged with first-degree aggravated murder and rape in the 1983 slaying of Rebecca Lemberger.
Seamons, clad in a green Idaho Department of Correction jumpsuit, didn't say much during an arraignment hearing at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution before 4th District Magistrate David Epis.
Seamons told Epis he understood the charges against him and said dealing with the murder charge -- and the media attention along with it -- "is the hardest thing I've ever had to go through."
In a letter to The Salt Lake Tribune in October, Seamons acknowledged "fooling around" with Lemberger before her death in 1983. He said he suspects his father killed the girl. His father, Larry Bingham Seamons, died nearly a decade ago.
Lemberger, who lived in the same neighborhood as Seamons, was last seen walking to school on March 2, 1983. Her body was found the next day in a shed in a field. She'd been sexually assaulted and killed by a blow to the head.
Seamons, who was 15 at the time, wrote that his father picked him and a neighborhood girl up one morning, saying he would drive him to school first and then drop the girl off at another school.
"I never saw this girl again and a few days later it came out on the news that she had been killed," he wrote.
Authorities have said DNA evidence from the scene of the murder matched Seamons' DNA.
Ogden Detective Sgt. Tim Scott said Seamons' October letter was the first time Seamons had pointed the finger at his father, a move he described as "convenient" considering the elder Seamons is dead.
In a letter to Otter last month, Seamons said one of the Ogden officers who handled the DNA sample did not wear gloves. Seamons also said he fears for his life if Utah officials take him out of Idaho.
Otter spokesman Jon Hanian said the governor will not block Seamons' extradition to Utah.
"We are not going to stand in the way of justice," Hanian said. "Any arguments (about DNA or other evidence) will be played out in a courtroom in Utah."
With Otter's denial, Seamons' next move would be to file the writ of habeas corpus. That process can take several weeks and require court hearings.
Seamons' next court hearing is set for April 23.
Seamons is in an Idaho prison serving an 11-year sentence for second-degree kidnapping and aggravated assault in connection with the report of a rape in Kuna, Idaho.
A woman told deputies that a man, later identified as Seamons, held her at gunpoint in her home for several hours, threatened her with a gun and raped her. The woman told deputies she was able to escape after Seamons fell asleep.
Idaho court records show prosecutors dropped rape and firearms charges as part of a plea agreement.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.