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    Didn't see this one> Fatal Shooting East of Fairfield; Great Falls Man In Custody

    By Cindy Dauwalder
    Published: Monday, August 20, 2012 4:25 PM CDT
    Donald Alan Kline has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting East of Fairfield Saturday evening. Martin Lau, of Wilson Road, North of Great Falls, was taken into custody by the Teton County Sheriff's Office at the scene.

    This trial is suppose to start Jan 27, 2014

    What article leaves out that Kline had the Sheriff called for Domestic Violence the night before. He was to stay out of house until going back to the oil fields to work 2 days later. He had trashed the owner house and had hit her. The Deputies failed to arrest Kline. At time of death Kline was very drunk. Kline had been abusing the owner for a couple of years.
    http://www.fairfieldsuntimes.com/art...6885923178.txt
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    Welcome to OCDO BigSky.

    Had not previously read of this - did edit your post to a Fair Use Quote (FUQ) to conform with Forum Rules and copyright laws.

    A bit more information:
    http://montana2news.blogspot.com/201...-by-teton.html
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    Thanks

    Thank You for the welcome and the help with the post.

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    Is there any OC nexus here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HPmatt View Post
    Is there any OC nexus here?
    Possible self-defense shooting.

    Gun laws of Montana at work.

    These and others make it acceptable to the state sub-forum.
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training.Ē Archilochus, 650 BC

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    Update

    /www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20140127/NEWS01/301270024/Homicide-trial-Teton-County-killing-delayed


    Lau
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    The trial of Martin Lau, the Great Falls financial adviser accused of killing a man in a 2012 shooting near Fairfield, has been delayed pending legal action that will decide whether Lau is required to testify at trial to claim he acted in self-defense. Lau is charged with deliberate homicide.

    Lauís trial was initially scheduled to begin Monday but delayed last week after prosecutors requested a continuance so they could appeal some of Teton County District Judge Robert Olsonís pretrial rulings to the Montana Supreme Court.

    The key issue, said Ken Olson, Lauís attorney, is whether Lau will be required to take the witness stand to claim self-defense in the case, in which he has admitted to shooting Don Kline to death in an altercation at a Teton County home.

    The Montana Legislature amended state law in 2009 to expand legal allowances for self-defense claims, enacting language that forces prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendants claiming self-defense as a justification for force have acted unreasonably.

    However, because the revised law is new enough to be relatively untested, little precedent exists to guide legal proceedings where defendants hope to take advantage of the new provision.

    Olson said he and the attorneys prosecuting the case have tussled over whether Lau will be required to testify at trial in order to formally put his self-defense claim forward. Testifying, Olson said, would give prosecutors the opportunity to cross-examine Lauís story, putting him at risk of incriminating himself.

    Olson said Judge Robert Olson ruled last week in favor of Lau, saying a previously filed statement was adequate to claim self-defense. Prosecutors responded by requesting the trial be delayed so they could ask the Montana Supreme Court to consider the overturning Judge Olsonís decision.

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    Unhappy

    Are these DA's from California?

    "I know they are in Montana" This was sarcasm....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocWalker View Post
    Are these DA's from California?
    Yes the Mickey Mouse School of Law!

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