Posted: Feb 19, 2013 1:35 PM by Tara Grimes- MTN News
FORT BENTON - A man who is charged with deliberate homicide in the death of 21-year-old Fletcher Courtnage-McKinsey, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
Officials said the stabbing happened inside the Pastime Bar on Jan. 19 just before 2 a.m.
During Tuesday's court appearance in Fort Benton, Casey Carlos pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide, assault with a weapon and tampering with evidence.
According to court documents, a witness claimed that while Courtnage-McKinsey and another man were fighting, Carlos approached Courtnage-McKinsey and struck him on the left side, and that Courtnage-McKinsey immediately began bleeding.
Emergency personnel provided medical care to Courtnage-McKinsey at the bar. He was then taken to Missouri River Medical Center and then transferred to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, where he was pronounced dead.
When questioned by authorities, Carlos reportedly admitted to stabbing Courtnage-McKinsey two to three times.