- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A registered violent offender who reportedly confessed to killing a Deer Lodge man and his mother in October has denied violating the terms of his probation for a 1998 crime.

David Wayne Nelson made an initial appearance in District Court in Hamilton Wednesday on a petition to revoke the suspended portion his sentence for kidnapping and accountability to robbery.

Public defender Ron Piper reserved the right to argue for bail to be set. Nelson, who is 53, remained jailed without bail.

County Attorney Bill Fulbright alleges Nelson violated his probation by killing Beverly Giannonatti and Gregory Giannonatti and by traveling to Missoula without the permission of his probation officer to sell 17 of Greg Giannonatti’s 100-ounce silver bars for more than $26,000. He has not been charged in the deaths.

A hearing date on the revocation petition has not been set.

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