- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A bail hearing is scheduled next month for a Montana State Prison inmate whose conviction and life sentence for deliberate homicide were overturned after a judge ruled evidence withheld from the defense could have led to a different outcome.

District Judge James Wheelis ordered a new trial for Richard Raugust in the July 1997 shooting death of his best friend Joe Tash in northwestern Montana.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1kS8ZlR ) Wheelis has scheduled a Dec. 4 hearing to decide of Raugust can be released from prison on bond pending a new trial.

After hearing arguments on the case, Wheelis found that prosecutors withheld from Raugust’s defense attorneys information that supported his alibi that he had stayed in Trout Creek on the night of the killing and was not at the camper trailer where Tash was shot.

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

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