BOZEMAN — A Bozeman man is charged with deliberate homicide after confessing to killing his wife by hitting her on the head with a cast iron frying pan during a drunken argument after a New Year's Eve party.
Bail was set at $750,000 for Jake William Collins, 32, who made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Tuesday. He is charged in the Jan. 1 death of Crystal Collins, 32.
Crystal Collins' mother had reported her missing Monday, the Gallatin County sheriff's office said.
Deputies interviewed Jake Collins twice Monday, according to court records. During the second interview, deputies obtained a confession and information about the location of his wife's body.
Jake Collins told officers that he punched his wife then killed her by hitting her in the head with a cast iron frying pan while she laid on their bed, court records said. He also described cleaning up the crime scene and attempting to dispose of the victim's body.
Collins told officers that "it wasn't self-defense. She deserves justice," court records said.
Defense attorney Nick Miller had asked for Collins' bail to be set at $85,000, citing his ties to the community.
Court records did not say where Crystal Collins' body was located.