Billings murder trial moved to February

2012-10-11T13:00:00Z 2013-02-07T13:07:04Z Billings murder trial moved to FebruaryBy GREG TUTTLE gtuttle@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A murder trial set to begin Monday for a Billings man who claims he shot a friend in self-defense has been rescheduled.

Jeffrey Todd Guy, 44, is charged with deliberate homicide for the March 20, 2011, shooting death of Scott Maxson inside Guy's house on Broadwater Avenue.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh recently rescheduled the trial at the request of Guy's public defenders, who said in court records they need more time to prepare. The trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks, is now set to begin Feb. 5.

Guy has posted a $250,000 bond.   

Prosecutors allege that Guy shot Maxson as many as 13 times with a .45-caliber Mac-10 semiautomatic handgun in Guy's living room. Guy called police several hours later to report he found a dead body in the alley behind his house.

Officers said they immediately became suspicious because they found a bloody drag mark from the body to the back door of Guy's residence.

Guy was arrested, and after initially denying involvement in the death told officers he killed Maxson in self-defense when Maxson grabbed a sword off the wall.

In court records, Guy's defense attorneys said Maxson showed up at Guy's house and "started leveling accusations about Guy's past as a confidential informant."

Guy fired a warning shot, the defense attorneys said, then fired the large-caliber handgun when Maxson "did not relent in his attack."

"At some point after that, Guy began to clean up the living room, and dragged Maxson's body outside," the defense attorneys said in court records.

Prosecutors allege that Guy shot Maxson then tried to cover up the killing by moving the body and destroying evidence.

Guy is also charged with two counts of felony tampering. 

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