St. Dennis requests new trial; “Witness X” identified

Read the defense motion here.

The Missoula man convicted of stomping a homeless Navy veteran to death has requested a new trial, arguing that prosecutors failed to disclose evidence critical to his defense.

Attorneys for Anthony Roy St. Dennis, 19, say investigators have obtained additional information about a third suspect’s possible role in the Dec. 5. 2007 attack on Forrest Clayton Salcido. The public defenders have asked a judge to declare a “retroactive mistrial.”

According to a defense motion filed last week in Missoula District Court, police identified and interviewed the third suspect while St. Dennis’ trial was underway. However, the fruits of that interview were not divulged until the following week, after St. Dennis had been convicted.

St. Dennis is scheduled to be sentenced March 5, and was convicted of deliberate homicide in January after a week-long trial in Hill County. A co-defendant in the case, 20-year-old Dustin Strahan, is scheduled to stand trial next month.

One thought on “St. Dennis requests new trial; “Witness X” identified”

  1. If there is (was) another person or more involved in this, does it change the fact that Mr. St. Dennis was as well? A new trial? No. You just charge the other persons and take them to trial as well.

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