Judge dismisses deliberate homicide charge
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A northwestern Montana judge has dismissed a deliberate homicide charge in an April shooting in Hungry Horse.
The Flathead Beacon reports District Judge Heidi Ulbricht dismissed the charge Monday after a motion was filed by Flathead County Attorney Travis Ahner.
Ahner said the brother of the victim, 33-year-old Bradley Allen Winters, was not cooperating with the prosecution of 48-year-old James Quen of Martin City.
Ahner filed his motion days after Ulbricht cited Quen’s criminal record in rejecting an agreement that called for him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of negligent homicide in exchange for a 10-year suspended sentence.
Ahner’s motion also noted “all of the individuals involved were on meth,” which would bring eye-witness testimony into question.
Quen spent eight months in jail.
Information from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com