Man charged in fatal stabbing to be arraigned Tuesday

2014-07-03T11:50:00Z 2014-07-08T10:18:13Z Man charged in fatal stabbing to be arraigned TuesdayBy EDDIE GREGG The Billings Gazette

The man charged in a fatal stabbing in downtown Billings is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to enter a plea, according to County Attorney Scott Twito.

Zachariah James Wiseman, 23, faces a charge of deliberate homicide with a weapons enhancement in the June 19 stabbing death of 66-year-old Michael Scanlon Sample, a well-known Billings photographer.

Twito said Thursday the hearing was pushed to Tuesday because investigators are reviewing new evidence in the case.

Prosecutors have up to 30 days from when Wiseman was charged to arraign him in District Court.

The county attorney said last week the affidavit to be filed in District Court at Wiseman’s arraignment may have more details about the stabbing.

According to court records already filed in the case, Wiseman was high when he stabbed Sample three times shortly before 1:30 p.m. June 19 at the Fargo Hotel building, which houses the Sample Foundation, a private charitable organization.

Sample, vice president of the Sample Foundation, died a short time later at a Billings hospital. According to investigators, he probably died from a stab wound that pierced his heart.

Wiseman remains in the county jail with bond set at $500,000.

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