- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A 48-year-old Texas man suspected in a triple shooting that left one man dead made his initial appearance in Justice Court in Butte.

The Montana Standard reports (https://bit.ly/1kussc7 ) Tony Dwade Sawyer of Lubbock was charged with deliberate homicide and two counts of attempted deliberate homicide for a Nov. 3 shooting in southwestern Montana. He did not enter a plea Friday.

Joe Powers of Whitehall was killed about 13 miles southeast of Butte. Two other men, ages 23 and 38, also suffered gunshot wounds. A motive for the shooting has not been released.

Sawyer was arrested on Nov. 4 in Idaho and waived extradition. He was returned to Butte Thursday night.

He remains jailed with bail set at $1 million. Sawyer is being represented by public defender Ed Sheehy. Sawyer’s arraignment is set for Dec. 10.


This story has been corrected to show Sawyer made an initial appearance in Justice Court.


Information from: The Montana Standard, https://www.mtstandard.com

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