Pregnant woman, boyfriend arrested in stabbing death

2013-05-03T14:27:00Z 2013-12-24T09:46:15Z Pregnant woman, boyfriend arrested in stabbing deathBy GREG TUTTLE gtuttle@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A pregnant woman and her boyfriend were arrested Friday in the December murder of a Glendive man in what authorities describe as a drug-related revenge killing.

Levi Douglas Stark, 22, and Jessica Ann Miller Grossman, 23, were arrested Friday morning on warrants issued in Dawson County District Court for the murder of Matthew Wiseman.

Wiseman, 25, was found by his wife stabbed to death inside the couple's trailer home on the evening of Dec. 21.

Stark was arrested on charges of deliberate homicide, arson and tampering.

Grossman faces felony charges of conspiracy to commit deliberate homicide, arson by accountability, tampering by accountability, criminal mischief and obstructing, according to court records.

The arson, tampering and criminal mischief charges allege that the couple broke into a secure storage lot used by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office and set fire to a vehicle that had been seized during the murder investigation. 

Arrest warrants for each set bond at $1 million. A date for their initial court appearance had not been set as of Friday.

Dawson County Attorney Olivia Rieger said in court records that arrangements had been made to hold Grossman at the Yellowstone County jail after her arrest because the woman is pregnant and has been seeing medical specialists in Billings.   

According to charging documents filed Thursday, the murder investigation began when Wiseman's wife came home from work and found her husband dead.

Kelsea Wiseman told investigators she was working while her husband was home with the couple's two children, including a 7-month-old child. She came home shortly after 11 p.m. and called police when she found her husband's body face down on the porch.

Investigators learned that Wiseman had recently provided information to a drug task force regarding the distribution of methamphetamine in the region, court records state. He had also recently been charged with drug-related offenses.

Kelsea Wiseman later admitted that she and her husband had been selling meth "in order to make ends meet and pay their bills," court record state. Kelsea Wiseman and her husband were on felony probation at the time of the murder.

During that same time period, Grossman and Stark had also been arrested on drug-related felony charges, and Grossman told several people that she believed Wiseman was a "snitch" and a "rat."

A female inmate at the county jail told investigators that Grossman was "very open with everyone regarding her anger" toward Wiseman, court records state.           

During the ensuing months, investigators interviewed numerous people across Eastern Montana, and court records identify about 250 potential witnesses.

One of those witnesses told investigators that Stark admitted two days after the murder that he killed Wiseman. The man said Stark had driven to Billings to pick him up at the airport. During the return trip to Glendive, the man said, Stark asked if he could share a secret and "take something to his grave."

Stark told the man he killed Wiseman because he had been threatening him and Grossman, court records state. He described going to Wiseman's trailer armed with a knife and pistol, and that Wiseman had grabbed the pistol during a scuffle.

Stark said he then stabbed Wiseman in the throat, court records state.

An autopsy determined Wiseman died of multiple stab wounds to the neck. He also suffered stab wounds to the head, face and other parts of his body.

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