Posted: Jul 31, 2013 2:09 PM by Reporting by Shannon Davis with story written by Erin Schattauer
Updated: Jul 31, 2013 2:10 PM
A Washington man accused of killing his 3-year-old son near Anaconda pleaded not guilty to a charge of deliberate homicide today.
Jeremy Cramer, 38, appeared before Judge John Larson from Missoula in Anaconda-Deerlodge District Court. His public defender, Walter Hennessey, entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.
Broderick "Brody" Cramer, 3, of Lacey, Washington was Cramer's biological son. Brody was just days away from turning 4 years old when his body was found on July 9 on the west side of the Mill Creek Highway.
Cramer is said to have taken Brody from his home in Lacey, Washington where the boy lived with his mother on July 8. Later that night, officers were called to a gas station in Anaconda where Cramer was seen washing blood off his clothing. He was taken into custody.
After questioning, Cramer about the whereabouts of his son and issuing a bulletin on his pickup truck, law officers located the vehicle at the turnoff to the Mill Creek Highway. An empty child seat was found inside the truck. Brody's body was later found.
At the scene, investigators found a fixed blade knife and a large rock with blood and hair on it. Montana Crime Lab determined that Brody's cause of death was caused by homicidal violence with blunt force and sharp force trauma.
Court documents also say that Cramer is a previous methamphetamine user. An empty prescription container for Amphetamine Salts, a generic substitute for Adderall, was found in Cramer's possession.
Cramer is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Anaconda-Deer Lodge jail.