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A Billings man whom investigators said was involved in a 2017 homicide, but never charged, was charged Wednesday with drug possession.

Tyler Nathaniel Crawford, 28, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court for felony drug possession, as well as counts of misdemeanor possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Crawford is being held on a $5,000 bond. Court records say he also faces a felony for carrying a concealed weapon in a separate, ongoing case.

In the current case, Billings police responded to an alley behind a Broadwater Avenue house on Jan. 8 to check on a man slumped over in a vehicle. Police identified that man as Crawford, who said he'd been sleeping, court documents state.

Officers found a container with a substance that field tested positive for meth, charges say. They also found an AK-47, three loaded magazines and a silencer, according to court documents.

Last year, Crawford was named in court documents in relation to the 2017 homicide of 33-year-old Rory Wanner. Crawford told investigators that he lured Wanner to his house, where a fight ensued that may have killed Wanner.

No one has been directly charged with Wanner's death, but prosecutors charged Michael Scott LeClair and William James Hoffert III with felony evidence tampering in the case.

For drug possession, Crawford is due in Yellowstone County District Court on Jan. 17.


General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.