BOZEMAN — Gallatin County deputies say a Bozeman man who confessed to killing his wife early on New Year's Day saw his effort to dispose of her body thwarted because the county landfill was closed for the holiday.

The information was included in search warrants filed this week as officers investigate the death of 32-year-old Crystal Collins. Jake Collins was charged with deliberate homicide in Justice Court. He has not entered a plea and remains jailed with his bail set at $750,000.

Court records say Collins confessed to hitting his wife in the head with a cast-iron frying pan during a drunken argument, then putting her in the shower and cutting her throat. He reportedly wrapped her body in a sleeping bag and plastic.

He said he put her body and trash bags full of clothing and bedding in his pickup truck, but when he got to the landfill it was closed.

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