Prosecutors say a man charged with punching his wife and threatening her with an AR-15 rifle last August also exposed the couple’s young children to methamphetamine.
On Tuesday, prosecutors added a felony endangering the welfare of children charge to the felony assault with a weapon and misdemeanor partner or family member assault charges against 43-year-old Adrian Ralph Krell.
The new charge specifically alleges that Krell exposed children to methamphetamine paraphernalia in his home and vehicle.
Appearing in Yellowstone County District Court by video from the county jail, he pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
Officers arrested Krell on Aug. 15 after responding to a disturbance at a parking lot off Main Street. Officers found Krell in a vehicle with two young children. He reported he had been in a fight with his common-law wife, according to charging documents.
Officers went with Krell to the couple's home, where they reported finding loose marijuana on the kitchen floor.
Police also reported finding, in plain view, about 203 glass pipes. Some of the pipes had white crystalline powder in them, while others smelled of burnt marijuana, police said.
Krell’s wife started crying heavily when an officer said he was there because he was worried she was the victim of violence and wanted to help her, court records say.
“No, he’ll kill me, he’s right there, I can’t tell you. He’ll kill me,” the woman reportedly told police. Krell was taken outside and the woman then told police that he had repeatedly punched her in the face and kicked her in the legs, according to charging documents.
The woman also said her husband had pointed a “green rifle” at her and told her she “was dead.”
While searching the home, police found a green AR-15 rifle and methamphetamine-related paraphernalia. Police also searched the vehicle that Krell and had been in with his children and found more methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Krell remains in custody with bond set at $50,000.