Teenage stabbing suspect has detention hearing

2012-11-14T11:30:00Z 2012-11-18T22:25:15Z Teenage stabbing suspect has detention hearingBy VINCE DEVLIN Missoulian The Billings Gazette
November 14, 2012 11:30 am  • 

POLSON — A 16-year-old suspected of stabbing a man to death and injuring two others had a detention hearing in Polson on Tuesday.

Nathan Adam Butler's bail was set at $250,000 by District Court Judge Kim Christopher.

Butler, whose right index finger was heavily bandaged during his court appearance, is being held on one charge of deliberate homicide and two charges of assault with a weapon.

Lake County Sheriff Jay Doyle identified the homicide victim as 51-year-old John Fisher.

Two more people were hospitalized with stab wounds in the incident, which was reported to Lake County Dispatch at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Monday.

While Lake County sheriff’s deputies secured the scene, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police located Butler, who apparently was identified by the stabbing victims who survived, in the garage of another residence in Arlee and apprehended him.

Noel Larrivee, Butler’s court-appointed attorney, reserved the right to make other motions or objections, but otherwise agreed that the state had “sufficient basis to establish probable cause.”

The judge said it was not her habit to grant bail given the charges against Butler, but James Lapotka, deputy county attorney for Lake County who requested the $250,000, said it was the prosecution’s understanding that “because of his age, he is entitled to bond even with the severity of the charges.”

Christopher gave Lapotka until Friday to file charging documents against Butler, and scheduled Butler’s arraignment for no later than Nov. 21.

Butler is being held in the Missoula County Detention Facility because Lake County does not have facilities to hold juveniles overnight.

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