Montana man charged with killing estranged wife, $800K bail
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is charged with breaking into a residence and killing his estranged wife.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 47-year-old Joseph Paul DeWise of Bozeman appeared in Justice Court Friday on a deliberate homicide charge for the death of 35-year-old Lauren Walder DeWise in Belgrade on Sunday. He did not enter a plea.
Another woman, 32-year-old Ashley Van Hemert, was critically injured in the shooting. Belgrade police said they are still investigating.
Gallatin County prosecutors argued for $1 million bail while defense attorney Valerie Cairns argued $50,000 bail was more reasonable and that her client is presumed innocent. Justice of the Peace Bryan Adams set his bail at $800,000.
Court records say Lauren’s friends and co-workers told investigators that she reported her husband had been physically abusing her and had threatened to kill her if she left him.
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com