- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Fairview man was convicted Thursday of deliberate homicide in the Valentine’s Day 2013 death of his girlfriend, whose body has not been found.

A Richland County jury returned its verdict Thursday against Cody Wayne Johnston in the death of Nicole Waller, 31, of Kalispell, the Flathead Beacon (https://bit.ly/2eWs33w ) reported. A sentencing date has not been set, court officials said.

Charging documents said Johnston and Waller had an on-again, off-again relationship and that on the day she disappeared she called family members to say they had broken up and she was returning to Kalispell. When she did not return, she was reported missing. Her vehicle was found abandoned near Poplar.

Johnston, 37, was charged with Waller’s murder in August 2015.

Investigators learned that Johnston had lied about his whereabouts on the morning Waller went missing, that an acquaintance helped him move her vehicle, and that he asked several people to put a post on her Facebook page indicating she was fine, but was not coming home, charging documents said.

Johnston shut off his cellphone between 9:31 a.m. and 12:29 p.m. on the day Johnston went missing. “Investigators believe that this is the time when Johnston disposed of Nicole’s body,” court records said.

Investigators said evidence suggested Johnston disposed of Waller’s body in a barrel because he had been looking for a barrel, but declined one that was offered to him because it didn’t have a lid, charging documents said.

Johnston’s other girlfriend told investigators she had given him an ultimatum to end his relationship with Waller in order to continue his relationship with her. She said Johnston texted her several times on Feb. 14 to say Waller had left and was gone for good, court records said.

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

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