HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A 22-year-old Helena man has been convicted of deliberate homicide for shooting his girlfriend in the head as she sat in a car last July.
Skyler Schneider faces up to 100 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 20 for the death of 23-year-old Katherine Elizabeth Spencer.
Prosecutors said Schneider reported the shooting and officers found a 9 mm handgun in the bushes near the car. Schneider said he and Spencer had been arguing, but he denied shooting her.
Defense attorneys argued Spencer’s ex-boyfriend could have been the killer because he had given her the gun used in the shooting. Detective Chad Lawrence said investigators never considered Spencer’s former boyfriend a suspect.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Did you see that painting hanging behind Trump during ‘60 Minutes’ interview? Here's what we know about it
- Mueller said ready to deliver key findings in his Trump probe
- America's most famous pimp, poised for elected office, dies
- Idaho wildlife official resigns after killing baboon family
- Interrogation gone wrong, rogue killers: What happened to Saudi journalist?
The Independent Record reports the 12-person jury reached its verdict Friday evening. The trial had started on May 14.
Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com