Man charged with raping, murdering Lame Deer woman brought to Billings jail

2014-04-01T12:35:00Z 2014-04-24T22:24:05Z Man charged with raping, murdering Lame Deer woman brought to Billings jailGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The man suspected of killing a 21-year-old Lame Deer woman last July has been extradited to Billings and is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in federal court on rape and murder charges.

Officers booked Garrett Sidney Wadda, 44, into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on Tuesday morning.

He and a co-defendant, 41-year-old Eugenia Ann Rowland, were arrested last week in connection to the death of Hanna Harris, who went missing early July 4 in Lame Deer and was found dead near the city’s rodeo grounds several days later.

An indictment filed March 20 in U.S. District Court in Billings accuses Wadda of first-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the James F. Battin U.S. Courthouse.

He made an initial appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in Lander, Wyo.

Rowland made an initial court appearance Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder in U.S. District Court in Rapid City, S.D.

She also faces extradition to Billings, but was still listed Tuesday morning as an inmate in the Pennington County jail in South Dakota.

The indictment alleges that the defendants killed a person, identified as H.H., on July 4 near Lame Deer. Wadda is accused of murdering the victim with "malice aforethought" while forcing the victim to engage in a sexual act. Rowland is also accused of killing the victim with malice aforethought.

The indictment does not provide details on the circumstances of the death.

The maximum penalty for first-degree murder is mandatory life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Malinda Harris Limberhand, the victim’s mother, has said Wadda and Rowland, who have ties to Lame Deer, are the man and woman she suspected of killing her daughter.

Harris, a single mother, graduated from Billings West in 2010. Her son, who was 10 months old when she died, is now under the care of Limberhand.

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