Man denies killing wife at Hamilton motel

2012-12-07T08:48:00Z 2012-12-07T15:52:04Z Man denies killing wife at Hamilton motelThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 07, 2012 8:48 am  • 

HAMILTON — A Hamilton man who told investigators he "snapped" and elbowed his wife in the temple during a night of drinking and arguing at a motel has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in her death.

Forty-seven-year-old Douglas Charles Reynolds entered his plea Thursday before District Judge James Haynes. Reynolds remains jailed on $250,000 bail.

Court records say Reynolds told Hamilton police that he "freaked out" when he woke up "to find a dead wife" in the motel room.

Emergency responders found 40-year-old Jessica Hawkins on the floor on Nov. 11, breathing but unresponsive. She died two days later at a Missoula hospital after being removed from life support.

Court records say Reynolds' blood alcohol level was 0.252 and Hawkins' was 0.342.

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