- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A trial is under way in the case of a 74-year-old Ballantine man charged with shooting his son to death during an argument last summer.

James Douglas Sindelar was charged with deliberate homicide after 35-year-old Wesley Sindelar died of a gunshot wound to the face.

During opening statements on Monday, defense attorney Kris Copenhaver told jurors that the gun accidentally discharged and Wesley Sindelar’s death was a tragic accident.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/21tb0mm ) Victoria Sindelar testified that James Sindelar came into their house on July 20 and her husband told him to leave at least three times, eventually sticking a finger in his father’s face.

She said James Sindelar pulled out a pistol and pointed it at Wesley’s face. Victoria Sindelar said her husband grabbed the barrel of the gun and it discharged.



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