Homicide defendant posts $450,000 cash bond; being monitored by GPS

2014-06-09T16:45:00Z 2014-06-13T15:15:26Z Homicide defendant posts $450,000 cash bond; being monitored by GPSBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 28-year-old man charged with shooting a woman to death in December while she was on the phone with emergency dispatchers has been released from jail after his family paid, in cash, his $450,000 bond.

Richard Douglas Reinert was released Friday from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility with several conditions, including that he must be monitored by GPS.

Reinert also can’t leave the state without written permission, must abide by a 10 p.m. curfew and can’t have contact with any witnesses in the case.

In April, District Judge Mary Jane McCalla Knisely signed an order reducing Reinert’s bond from $750,000 to $450,000 and setting the conditions of his release from jail.

Reinert pleaded not guilty on Jan. 6 to a count of deliberate homicide with a weapons enhancement in the Dec. 21 shooting death of 25-year-old Jessica Stephenson.

Court documents say Reinert shot Stephenson multiple times at his home in the Heights as she called 911 after Reinert pointed a gun at himself.

The incident was recorded by the 911 operations center. When she called, Stephenson told a dispatcher that she helped her friend bring her friend’s drunken husband, identified as Reinert, home from a bar that evening.

During the call, several gunshots could be heard and the dispatcher could no longer speak with Stephenson, charging documents state.

However, the line remained open and a different woman could be heard yelling, “You shot her, what are you doing?”

A man in the background could then be heard saying, “You made me do this,” and talking about pulling the trigger.

When officers went to the house, at 1247 Hawthorne Lane, they saw the door open and heard a woman screaming for help. Inside, they found Reinert with blood on his face and straddling a woman, later identified as his wife, according to charging documents.

In a nearby bedroom, police found Stephenson’s body, a semiautomatic handgun and spent shell casings, the affidavit states.

An autopsy determined that Stephenson suffered gunshot wounds to the head and body.

Reinert is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 4.

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