- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A witness in a January homicide case in Lockwood has died of an apparent suicide.

The Yellowstone County sheriff’s office says 43-year-old Cody Mack Jr. died last Thursday.

Mack had pleaded not guilty to obstructing justice and tampering with evidence in the death of 52-year-old Allen Douglas Alderman.

Martin Jon Pond Jr. has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide, intimidation and evidence tampering in Alderman’s shooting death.

Prosecutors allege Mack gave Pond a ride to Alderman’s house early on Jan. 3 because Pond wanted to “settle things” with Alderman. Pond’s estranged wife was at Alderman’s house.

Pond’s trial was to have started on Oct. 20, but his estranged wife did not show up to testify. She was arrested on a material witness warrant and the trial rescheduled for early December.

It was not immediately clear Monday how Mack’s death will impact the case against Pond.

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