Separate trials ordered in Lame Deer slaying; 1st-degree murder count added against 1 suspect

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BILLINGS, Montana — A federal judge has ordered separate trials for two people charged in the death of a 21-year-old Lame Deer woman, and prosecutors added a first-degree count charge against one of them.

The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday (http://tinyurl.com/nbt9gjv ) the judge separated the cases of 41-year-old Eugenia Ann Rowland of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and 44-year-old Garrett Sidney Henderson Wadda, a transient who has family in Montana and Wyoming.

Wadda's lawyer said he couldn't get a fair trial if the cases were together.

Rowland was charged with second-degree murder, and a first-degree murder charge was added Wednesday. The reason wasn't immediately clear. She pleaded not guilty to both.

Wadda has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse.

They're charged with the July 2013 slaying of Hanna Harris.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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