Man accused of aiding homicide suspect enters pleas in unrelated cases

2014-01-17T17:52:00Z 2014-01-31T15:36:06Z Man accused of aiding homicide suspect enters pleas in unrelated casesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
January 17, 2014 5:52 pm  • 

A man who prosecutors say aided the defendant charged in a Lockwood homicide entered pleas on charges in two unrelated assault cases on Friday.

Cody Julian Mack Jr., 42, is accused of helping Martin Jon Pond Jr., 27, after the death of 52-year-old Allen Douglas Alderman, who was found shot to death in front of his trailer in Lockwood early on Jan. 3.

Pond faces charges of deliberate homicide and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He is being held on $500,000 bond at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Mack appeared by video from the jail in Yellowstone County District Court on Friday morning and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of aggravated assault and criminal mischief.

Charging documents say that in September a man heard a noise outside his residence on Canary Avenue and, when he went outside to investigate, found Mack sitting in his pickup truck.

Mack assaulted the man, breaking his nose and jaw, the affidavit states.

Friday afternoon, Mack again appeared in court by video from the county jail – this time in Yellowstone County Justice Court to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of partner or family member assault.

He admitted that he threatened his girlfriend with a pair of scissors during an argument last August.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed a second misdemeanor partner or family member assault charge against Mack stemming from an incident with the same woman, said Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Nicholas Owens.

Mack’s son and girlfriend have also been charged with aiding Pond around the time of the Jan. 3 homicide in Lockwood.

Calvin Julian Mack, 19, and Katrina Edens, 32, each face one felony count of obstructing justice by accountability.

Charging documents say the three drove with Pond to the home of Alderman, who was inside with Pond’s ex-wife, so he could “settle things.”

Mack and his girlfriend then brought Pond back to Mack’s home, where they let him wash his clothes in a washing machine and gave him the younger Mack’s minivan to leave in, prosecutors say.

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