- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 23-year-old man pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in the stabbing death of well-known Billings photographer and philanthropist Michael S. Sample.

The Billings Gazette reports Zachariah James Wiseman entered his plea Tuesday. Prosecutors say Wiseman was high on drugs when he stabbed Sample three times on June 19. Wiseman remains jailed on $500,000 bond.

Court records say three witnesses told police they had come to Sample’s office that day to ask him for money because he was known to give cash to people in need. The men said they saw Wiseman attack Sample.

Charging documents say Wiseman told investigators that he had gone to Sample’s office looking for work and that Sample tried to grab him and punched him in the face. Wiseman said he pulled a knife in self-defense and Sample ran into it.

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


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