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Man denies negligent homicide charge in July 2013 death

September 17, 2018

COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana man has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in the death of a man who was run over in an alley in the south-central Montana town of Absarokee.

The Stillwater County News reports 25-year-old Michael Thomas Holtz of Vancouver, Washington, also pleaded not guilty Sept. 7 to failure to remain at the scene and evidence tampering in the July 2013 death of 27-year-old Forrest Dana.

Holtz was charged earlier but the charges were dismissed after county prosecutors said no witnesses could positively identify that Holtz, and not his twin brother, was driving the car.

Prosecutors now say at least one witness is sure it was the defendant because he was typically clean shaven and his brother had a beard while others provided alibis for his twin.

Court records say Dana’s DNA was found on Holtz’s car.

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Information from the Stillwater County News: www.stillwatercountynews.com

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