- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - A Livingston man has pleaded not guilty to attempted deliberate homicide for a shooting that occurred during what prosecutors said was an argument over the victim’s wife.

Daniel Colvin, 27, entered his plea Thursday in District Court, the Livingston Enterprise reported. Colvin is charged with shooting Michael Aja late on Sept. 24 after Aja arrived at Colvin’s house, where Colvin and Aja’s wife were asleep.

Aja told police and emergency room nurses that Colvin shot him in the head as he was trying to leave. Lyneia Aja said the same.

Court records say Colvin initially said Lyneia Aja shot her husband. He later said he shot Michael Aja in self-defense.

“He said he wasn’t going out there to kill the man in cold blood,” court records said. “He said he was trying to scare him and the gun went off.”

Police found Michael Aja in his vehicle bleeding from the mouth, nose and left ear, court records said. He has since been released from the hospital, but Chief Deputy Park County Attorney Kathy Carrick said Thursday that she did not have any other information about his condition.

Colvin has been jailed since his Sept. 25 arrest.

His attorney, Carl Knushel, successfully argued to have his bail reduced from $500,000.

Knushel argued Thursday that Colvin’s family could not afford the higher amount. Knushel said that a clinical psychologist who evaluated Colvin said he believed Colvin suffered from ongoing post-traumatic stress disorder and that being in jail was exacerbating his condition. Colvin was deployed to Iraq twice with the Montana Army National Guard, Knushel said.

District Judge Brenda Gilbert lowered Colvin’s bail to $200,000 and said if he is able to post bond, he must meet a list of conditions, including GPS monitoring and treatment for PTSD and chemical dependency.

Colvin has previous convictions for disorderly conduct, assault and DUI dating back to 2007.

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Information from: Livingston Enterprise, https://www.livingstonenterprise.com

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