- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The negligent homicide trial of a 22-year-old man charged with running over another man in an Absarokee alley has been moved from Stillwater County to Carbon County so that an impartial jury can be seated.

Michael Thomas Holtz is charged with running over 27-year-old Forest Dana’s head with his car during the Absarokee Days celebration in July 2013.

Hundreds of visitors were in town that weekend and court records include a witness list of more than 200 people.

Absarokee has a population of about 1,500 and Stillwater County has fewer than 10,000 people. Carbon County has a slightly greater population.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/180Tku8) the trial is set for June 22 in Red Lodge. It could last two to three weeks.

Holtz has pleaded not guilty and is free on a $250,000 bond.


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

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