Montana man arrested, suspected of fatal frying pan beating

February 26, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A southern Montana man faces charges that he beat a woman with a frying pan earlier this month, causing fatal injuries.

Big Horn County officials say 22-year-old James Isaiah Brien of Hardin was arrested Saturday on suspicion of deliberate homicide and his bail was set at $1 million. He also faces two counts of assault with a weapon. An initial court hearing is set for Tuesday.

Brien’s attorney, James Vogel of Hardin, was not available for comment on Monday.

Court records say a woman called 911 on Feb. 8 to report Brien assaulted her and two others with a frying pan at a Hardin residence. One woman, who was unconscious, was taken to a Billings hospital and put on life support. She died on Saturday. Her name was not released.

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