A Yellowstone County woman is accused of shooting at her uncle and two others she suspected of illegally accessing her property south of Billings in 2016.
Jody Lynn Bakker, 39, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Tuesday on charges of assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment, both felonies, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.
Bakker allegedly shot at a pickup carrying her uncle and two others on Oct. 25, 2016, after pressing the group about accessing her property, according to charges.
She told sheriff’s deputies she had allowed a friend to use her property at 11601 Stratford Hill Road for shooting, but not others.
Bakker drove into the center of Stratford Hill Road, forcing the group to pull to the shoulder, the driver later told sheriff’s deputies.
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After an argument, the driver said he decided to leave and while doing so, heard a “pop” and noticed a crack appear in his windshield. A back seat passenger began screaming that Bakker was shooting at them and the group drove away, the driver said.
The driver later showed a deputy a hole in the truck's brake light assembly and a similar hole in the headlining above where Bakker’s uncle had been sitting, charges state.
Bakker denied shooting the 9 mm pistol she kept between her driver’s seat and center console, saying she hadn’t fired it “in a long time,” charges state. But crime lab analysis of a swab taken from Bakker’s face roughly four hours after the encounter showed gunshot residue.
Sheriff’s deputies later removed portions of the pickup's dashboard and found a lead bullet beneath the cracked windshield, according to charges.