72-year-old killed at assisted-living facility in fight over money

2014-03-19T11:24:00Z 2014-03-22T07:08:08Z 72-year-old killed at assisted-living facility in fight over moneyMontana Standard The Billings Gazette
March 19, 2014 11:24 am  • 

BUTTE — A 72-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning at a Butte assisted-living facility in a fight over money, Butte law enforcement officials said. 

The victim's throat was slit with a butcher knife, authorities said. Both the suspected assailant and victim are 72 years old, and both had been drinking, police said.

John Edward Grubbs Sr., faces charges of deliberate homicide. Bond is set at $250,000.

The incident occurred about 2 a.m. in a commons area at Continental Gardens Housing, 100 Gardens Way, they said. It was witnessed by an employee, who called police. When authorities arrived, the victim was dead, police said.

Grubbs was arrested without incident at the scene.

"He didn't attempt to conceal himself or flee or resist arrest," Sheriff Ed Lester said.

Coroner Lee LaBreche said officials are trying to locate the victim's family at this time. His name has not been released.

Coroner Lee LaBreche said officials are trying to locate the victim's family. An autopsy is slated for Thursday.

Continental Gardens Housing has 60 total units with 60 assisted living units. The property is intended for the low-income disabled or elderly, according to its website

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