Man booked on deliberate homicide charges

2014-08-04T07:59:00Z 2014-08-15T10:55:11Z Man booked on deliberate homicide chargesBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

William Earl Cunningham, 63, was booked into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility by the Laurel Police Department on Sunday.

He is being held without bond on the charge of deliberate homicide, a felony.

He is being held in connection with Saturday's homicide in Laurel, according to County Attorney Scott Twito. 

The homicide left a 40-year-old man dead. The man suffered a “cutting injury,” according to the press release. What part of the man’s body was cut has not been released.

The incident occurred at 11:48 p.m., in the 700 block of East First Street. 

Charging documents are expected Monday afternoon after an autopsy is performed on the victim, but Cunningham will likely appear in court Tuesday, Twito said.

Paramedics transported the victim to a Billings hospital by helicopter, but he died from his injuries.

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Laurel Police with the investigation.

Dennis Harmon, who lives at a building at the corner of Idaho and First, said he woke up around midnight Sunday and saw the lights from police vehicles. He said he has lived in his apartment for 18 years, and that the incident happened at a building with six apartments across the street. Blood could be seen on the curb in front of the building.

The intersection of First and Idaho was closed most of the day Sunday as police processed the scene.

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