- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 74-year-old Libby man has denied charges that he shot another man to death in his living room, covered his body with a blanket and didn’t call law enforcement.

Henry Carl Schroeder pleaded not guilty Monday in District Court to deliberate homicide in the Jan. 31 death of 38-year-old Thomas Lawrence Veloz, the Flathead Beacon (https://bit.ly/1GfCndt) reports.

Kimberlee Ann Patterson, Veloz’s ex-girlfriend, faces a charge of tampering with evidence. She is scheduled to enter a plea on March 9.

Charging documents say Patterson went to Schroeder’s house on Jan. 31 and asked to stay because her relationship with Veloz was over and he was on a “warpath.”

At about 8 p.m., Schroeder says Veloz barged into his house, threatened to kill him and then grabbed Patterson by the arm. Schroeder told investigators he went into his bedroom, grabbed his gun and shot Veloz from a distance of about 6 feet. Prosecutors say he then walked over to him and shot him four more times at close range.

Schroeder then picked up some of the shells from Veloz’s body and covered it with a blue blanket.

A friend who stopped by that evening, and again the next morning eventually learned that Veloz had been killed. When Schroeder didn’t call law enforcement, the friend reported the shooting.

Schroeder is jailed with his bail set at $500,000.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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