COLUMBUS - A District Court judge in Montana has ruled that a pastor can testify about what a man told him about a shooting death because the pastor warned the defendant he would not keep confidential anything to do with illegal activity.
District Judge Blair Jones denied a motion by 48-year-old Jeffrey Hardman of Molt to suppress the conversation.
Hardman had argued that anything he may have said to Pastor Robert Griggs of Billings about the death of Michael Blattie last October should be kept confidential.
Jones ruled on May 20 that Griggs could testify because he told Hardman he would not keep secrets about illegal activity, and Hardman went ahead with the conversation.
Hardman's trial is scheduled for August.