- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Prosecutors say a shooting in Hamilton this weekend that left a man wounded and his dog dead was prompted by an argument over using Clamato or tomato juice to make red beer.

The Ravalli Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1IuIBre ) Justice of the Peace Jennifer Ray set 59-year-old Monte Leon Hanson’s bail Monday at the prosecution’s request of $250,000.

Defense attorney Ron Piper had argued for a $50,000 bond. He said his client is a long-time Hamilton resident with no criminal record.

Police say 29-year-old Joe Lewis was bartending in downtown Hamilton when his neighbor walked in, ordered a red beer and started an argument, saying Clamato juice was against his religion.

A charging affidavit says when Lewis returned home from work later that night and went out to walk his dog, Hanson followed him outside and shot them both.

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Information from: Ravalli Republic, https://www.ravallirepublic.com


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