Butte authorities looking for relatives in slashing death at senior living complex

2014-03-21T09:40:00Z 2014-03-24T10:26:10Z Butte authorities looking for relatives in slashing death at senior living complexBy ANGELA BRANDT Montana Standard The Billings Gazette
March 21, 2014 9:40 am  • 

BUTTE — Officials continue to search for the family of a man whose throat was slit Wednesday morning at a Butte senior living complex.

The man, a 72-year-old resident at Continental Gardens, had no next-of-kin listed on his paperwork. Lee LaBreche, coroner, said they are looking to inform any relative prior to releasing the man’s name.

Prosecutors say John Edwards Grubbs Sr., also a 72-year-old resident of the facility, slashed the man’s throat with a large butcher knife. Investigators believe the two men were drinking and ended up arguing over money at about 2:30 a.m. when seemingly out of nowhere Grubbs attacked the other man, killing him with the knife.

Results of an autopsy performed on the body Thursday have not been released.

Grubbs is jailed on a charge of deliberate homicide. His bond is $250,000.

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