Montana county seeking help prosecuting deputy’s death
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A small Montana county is seeking help to pay for prosecuting a man charged with accountability to the May 2017 shooting death of a sheriff’s deputy.
Broadwater County asked for $25,000 from counties involved in the chase that led to the arrest of Lloyd Barrus near Missoula after his son killed Deputy Mason Moore near Three Forks. Marshall Barrus died after a shootout with officers.
The Montana Standard reports Granite County contributed $25,000 and Beaverhead County offered an unsolicited $5,000.
Requests are still out to Butte-Silver Bow, Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Powell and Jefferson counties.
Broadwater County’s prosecution costs have totaled $241,000. In May, a judge ordered Barrus to be forcibly medicated so he is mentally fit to stand trial.
The Department of Justice is providing two prosecutors while Missoula and Lewis and Clark counties have provided other services.
Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com