Heights homicide: Woman dead, man jailed after Saturday slaying

2013-12-22T15:00:00Z 2014-06-09T23:11:29Z Heights homicide: Woman dead, man jailed after Saturday slayingStory By CHRIS CIOFFI Photos By Larry Mayer ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A woman died and a man was arrested after a shooting on Hawthorne Lane in the Heights late Saturday.

Billings Police were called to a disturbance at 1247 Hawthorne Lane at 11:25 p.m. and found the woman dead, according to a Billings Police Department news release.

Richard Reinert, 27, lived in the duplex and was arrested, said Billings Police Department Sgt. Ronda Fox.

It is not clear whether the victim lived at the residence, Fox said.

Reinert is being held in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on suspicion of felony deliberate homicide and obstructing a peace officer.

Travis Hoem, who lives across the street, said he and his wife did not realize anything was going on during the incident.

“We were lying in bed watching TV,” Hoem said.

The couple didn’t know about the shooting until a police officer knocked on their door.

Hoem said that the tenants of 1247 Hawthorne Lane moved in last spring, and a female was frequently seen around the residence.

Neither Hoem nor his wife ever saw anything out of the ordinary.

“For all we know, they’ve been quiet,” he said.

They certainly did not expect a homicide to occur.

“It’s one of those shockers,” he said. “Where did this come from?”

The property is a rental, and Yellowstone County Tax Records show it is owned by J & C Welzenbach, Inc.

Investigators were at the residence until about 3 p.m. on Sunday, and an autopsy is set for Monday, Fox said.

The victim’s name will not be released until her family is notified.

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