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BOZEMAN — A jury trial is set in the case of a 38-year-old man accused of shooting his former girlfriend and burning her body in a barrel outside a Three Forks house in 2009.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports District Judge Holly Brown scheduled a seven-day trial for Jay J. Myran to begin May 5.

Myran had pleaded guilty in July to deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence for shooting 53-year-old Gayle Brewster. But before he was sentenced, Myran's attorneys successfully argued that the defendant should be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.

They argued Myran pleaded guilty without having read a second statement his son gave to detectives that was "markedly different" from the teen's original statement. Myran has said the shotgun accidentally discharged after Brewster placed the barrel in her mouth.

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