Glendive murder trial reset to March

2012-11-19T14:11:00Z 2014-06-19T06:17:09Z Glendive murder trial reset to MarchGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The murder trial of a former Billings man set to begin next week in Glendive has been rescheduled.

Walter Larson Jr., 40, is charged with deliberate homicide and tampering in the death April 12, 2008, of Susan Casey, Larson's ex-wife. Her body was found in the Yellowstone River near Fallon.

His trial was originally scheduled to begin Nov. 26 in Dawson County District Court. Judge Richard Simonton recently issued an order at the request of Larson's public defenders resetting the trial to March 25.

Prosecutors allege that Larson strangled the Glendive woman and dumped her body in the river.

A few months after Casey's death, Larson moved from Billings to Phoenix, where he was arrested in February after a lengthy investigation.

Larson remains in custody on $500,000 bond.

Larson and Casey were once married and had two children together. Prosecutors allege that Larson hoped to reunite with Casey and killed her when he learned she was dating another man.

In July, Larson's defense attorneys filed a motion to move the trial from Glendive, arguing that he could not get a fair trial there because of publicity surrounding the case.

Court records show the defense later filed a notice of intent to withdraw that motion, but an official request to do so has not been filed. 

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