Hardin man charged with murder

2013-11-05T16:15:00Z 2014-02-24T12:40:21Z Hardin man charged with murderBy CLAIR JOHNSON cjohnson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Hardin man is facing murder charges in the stabbing death Saturday of Franklin Red Wolf, 42, of St. Xavier.

John Harold Holds III, 40, appeared on murder charges Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Billings.

A one-page criminal complaint charges Holds with murder committed within Indian Country in Big Horn County on Nov. 2.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby sealed an affidavit accompanying the complaint at the prosecutor’s request.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Fehr asked that the document, which provides details of the case, be sealed because of sensitive information about the case and an ongoing investigation.

Fehr said Holds is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Red Wolf.

Second-degree murder is killing with malice aforethought, which is killing deliberately or recklessly with extreme disregard for human life.

Red Wolf’s body was found near the Two Leggins river access area by the site’s caretaker on Saturday.

Red Wolf, 42, died from a stabbing, said Big Horn County Deputy Coroner Robbie Seykora on Tuesday.

During an initial appearance, Ostby advised Holds that he was being charged by criminal complaint and advised him of his rights.

Holds waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Ostby ordered that Holds remain in custody pending a request for a detention hearing. Prosecutors have 30 days to present the case to a grand jury for indictment.

Ostby also appointed the Federal Defenders of Montana to represent Holds. Assistant Federal Defender Dave Merchant said Holds’ last steady job was in 2007 when he worked at a nursing home on the Crow Reservation. Since then, Holds has worked odd jobs and lives with his girlfriend, he said.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office, said Patsy Speelman, an FBI spokeswoman. She declined to release further information about the case.



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