A Billings woman who was twice charged with the murder of a Wyoming man — but never convicted — was arraigned Tuesday in District Court on a new felony charge.
Bianca Lee Wilson, 32, appeared before Judge Russell Fagg by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.
Wilson also denied misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and resisting arrest for an incident July 20 at a South Side residence.
Fagg set bond at $7,500 after a prosecutor described Wilson as a convicted felon and danger to the community who has two other pending misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest and obstructing.
Wilson was linked to the Sept. 14, 2004, murder of Justin Marchant, a Wyoming man who was shot and thrown from a vehicle on a rural Carbon County road near the state line.
Wilson was arrested three days after the shooting and later was charged with Marchant’s murder. Prosecutors alleged that Wilson and Marchant were passengers in a car driven by Jesus Villarreal.
Wilson was also charged with aggravated kidnapping after Villarreal said Wilson shot Marchant, then forced him at gunpoint to drive her to Billings.
In April 2005, prosecutors dismissed the murder and kidnapping charges, saying they did not have enough evidence to convict Wilson. On the same day the charges were dropped, Wilson and Villarreal were charged in Yellowstone County with felony tampering on allegations they hid evidence of Marchant’s murder.
Wilson was later convicted of the tampering charge and served five years at Montana Women’s Prison. She was released in May 2011 after serving the full sentence.
The tampering charge against Villarreal ended when a judge declared a mistrial, and prosecutors later decided not to retry him.
In May 2008, while she was in prison, Wilson was charged a second time with killing Marchant. Prosecutors said the charge was filed as a result of new evidence.
But in March 2009, the murder charge was dismissed again after Wilson’s defense attorney successfully argued that Wilson’s right to a speedy trial had been violated. The charge was dismissed with prejudice, which means Wilson cannot be charged again for the murder.
In the most recent case, court records state Wilson was arrested after officers were called at about 1 a.m. to a residence on South 33rd Street.
A woman at the residence said Wilson tried to kick in her back door. The woman said Wilson was “acting very crazy.”
Wilson left before officers arrived, and the woman said she did not want to press charges.
About 20 minutes later, the woman called police again to say Wilson had returned and was trying to get in the front door. When officers arrived, Wilson was found near the house. Prosecutors allege she ran from the officers when told she was under arrest.
An officer chased Wilson, and during the chase said he saw Wilson reaching into her shirt. The officer also had received information that Wilson might have a knife, court records state.
The chase ended when the officer fired his Taser into Wilson’s back and tackled her to the ground. Wilson was subdued after a brief struggle, and officers said a large knife was found on the ground nearby.
Wilson had encountered more trouble before the July 20 incident.
On July 7, two weeks before her arrest on the weapons charge, Wilson survived a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 90 that killed two men.
Wilson was a passenger in a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by 32-year-old Julian Garcia when he lost control on the highway near the South 27th Street off-ramp.
The Avalanche rolled several times, killing Garcia and 27-year-old Eric Boisvert, who was also a passenger in the vehicle.
Wilson was treated at a Billings hospital for minor injuries.