- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man expected to face trial Monday in the January shooting death of a Lockwood man instead reached a plea agreement on a reduced charge.

Martin Jon Pond Jr. acknowledged shooting and killing Allen Douglas Alderman, 52, outside Alderman’s trailer home, The Billings Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1pI0Ili ). He pleaded guilty to mitigated deliberate homicide, which carries a prison sentence of between two and 40 years.

Pond went to Alderman’s house early on Jan. 3. Prosecutors said he shot Alderman out of jealousy because Pond’s estranged wife, Tricia Scott, was at Alderman’s house at the time.

Pond had said he opened fire in self-defense because Alderman came at him with a knife.

Pond, 28, initially had been scheduled to go on trial Oct. 20, but Scott did not show up to testify. She was arrested later that day. Three days later, the man suspected of giving Pond a ride to Alderman’s house committed suicide.

Scott has given conflicting accounts of what happened the night of the shooting. She blamed the conflicts on methamphetamine use and having been awake “for days” at the time of the shooting.

In a Nov. 14 deposition, Scott described Alderman as a friend who took her shopping and to casinos and as someone who wanted to have sex with her and gave her meth. She also said she and Pond had been physically violent with each other, court records said.

Pond will be sentenced in February, although no court date has been set.

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


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