Billings man denies kidnapping, assault charges

2013-01-03T11:43:00Z 2013-01-03T21:20:04Z Billings man denies kidnapping, assault chargesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 51-year-old Billings man accused of abducting his wife and stabbing her twice denied felony charges Thursday.

Richard Junious Hill Sr. appeared for arraignment in District Court by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of assault with a weapon and kidnapping.

Hill also denied two felony counts of tampering and a misdemeanor charge of negligent arson.

The tampering charges allege that Hill tried to clean blood from a van and clothing before his arrest. The arson charge alleges that Hill set fire to a pile of his clothing while in a jail holding cell after his arrest.

Judge Susan Watters set bond at $75,000. Prosecutors said Hill has a lengthy and violent criminal history.

Hill is accused of abducting his wife on Nov. 25, stabbing her in the arm and wrist and then driving her to Great Falls and Helena before returning her to Billings. The woman said Hill stopped in Helena after she pleaded with him to allow her to get medical treatment for her wounds.

The 38-year woman said she and Hill were in a 20-year, off-and-on relationship and he had assaulted her before. She said she had recently moved out of the couple's home to escape "escalating violence" by Hill, court records state.

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