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Thomas Schifferns

Thomas Schifferns appears in District Court in Red Lodge on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to be arraigned on a charge of deliberate homicide in the death of James McGregor.

The Red Lodge man accused of killing a 63-year-old man at a trailhead outside of town in February is facing new charges in the case.

Thomas Joseph Schifferns, 33, was charged in February with deliberate homicide in the death of James McGregor, who had been living with Schifferns' common-law spouse, receiving meals and helping with errands. Schifferns also frequently stayed in the home, according to prosecutors. 

Schifferns shot and killed McGregor at the Bear Track trailhead 10 miles south of Red Lodge on Feb. 19, prosecutors say.

On Monday, prosecutors charged Schifferns with theft, robbery and evidence tampering in Carbon County District Court.

Schifferns stole roughly $1,500 from McGregor, used a handgun during the theft and then threw the handgun in a snowbank along Highway 212 as he walked back to town, County Attorney Alex Nixon said in a new affidavit.

After much of the winter snow melted, Red Lodge police found a handgun near where Schifferns had said he threw it, the new charges state. 

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At Schifferns' arraignment on the homicide charge in February, Nixon said Schifferns had been taking advantage of McGregor financially before killing him. Red Lodge police were concerned McGregor drank excessively and had a diminished mental capacity, according to charges. 

Roughly 150 Red Lodge residents held a memorial service for McGregor at the town civic center in March, saying he did good deeds for others and was active in his church. 

McGregor Memorial Service

Photos of James 'Jimmy' McGregor are shown at a memorial service hosted by Church of the Rockies in Red Lodge on Sunday.

Schifferns is being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center on $1 million bond. Trial is set for Sept. 24.


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