Ever since the May arrest of Michael Woodard in the killing of his ex-wife, Kelly Dube-Woodard, the silence has been deafening. People in Superior – where both the victim and the accused grew up – wondered what was going on. Today, as the Missoulian’s Kim Briggeman reports, they found out:
Michael Woodard quietly [...]
Posting will probably be light on Cops and Courts this week, as I’m following the deliberate homicide trial of Raymond Big Beaver (in photo). He and a fellow transient, Eugene “Joey” Gonzalez, are accused of killing a third resident of Missoula’s streets, Johnny Joe Belmarez.
There were some interesting twists in the first [...]
This just in from the Associated Press:
BOISE, Idaho — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the death penalty of Joseph Edward Duncan III, saying he should have been given a competency hearing before he was allowed to waive his appeal.
The appellate court handed down the ruling [...]
Lots of developments today in cases we’ve been following:
Christmas shooting: Lawyers will be able to keep talking to news organizations about the Christmas Day shootings of a Kalispell woman and her teenage daughter.
District Judge Stewart Stadler said Wednesday he would sign an order reinforcing existing rules that prevent attorneys from making [...]
After Tyler Michael Miller was arrested for gunning down his girlfriend and her 15-year-old daughter on Christmas Day, the Kalispell man told police that “I probably pulled off the most evil manipulative pathetic thing today, but I feel good about it”
“I wish I felt bad,” he continued, according to court papers. “I [...]
The Associated Press recounts this chilling testimony today from a trial in Bozeman:
The 15-year-old son of a man charged with killing a Three Forks woman testified that his father had been drinking all day and said “let’s kill Gayle” before loading a shotgun and pointing it at her.
How the gun [...]
People in western Montana know about Joseph Edward Duncan (in Associated Press photo, below) because the body of one of the children he killed, Dylan Groene, was found buried near St. Regis. Unfortunately, Dylan was only one of his many victims.
The Associated Press has the latest:
A man convicted of [...]
This story by the Missoulian’s Tristan Scott should come with a warning label because its details are so disturbing.
Tyler Michael Miller of Kalispell has admitted to the Christmas Day shooting deaths of Jaimi Lynn Hurlbert, 35, and her 15-year-old daughter, Alyssa Burkett.
He also promises to kill again if given the [...]
It was a tough few days on the Cops and Courts beat last week.
The details in the caes involving story about the discovery of a young mother’s body after she’d lain beside her baby for hours were just heartbreaking:
A young woman found dead in a Paxson Street apartment appeared to have [...]
“That’s why I’m going to wreck my car. Because I am a terrible person. I thought I could fix it but I couldn’t … It shows me I’d rather kill myself. Goodbye, Ryan.”
One of the texts Justine Winter allegedly sent Ryan Langford shortly before her car crashed into another, killing a pregnant [...]