Posted: Jul 18, 2013 4:57 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: Jul 18, 2013 4:59 PM
BOZEMAN - Testimony got underway today in the trial of a Bozeman woman accused of shooting her trying to kill her former tenant.
Diana Arnold, 59, is accused of breaking into her tenants' Springhill Road home and shooting Henry McDunn when he arrived home in May 2012.
County Attorney Marty Lambert presented his opening statement this morning, detailing the events leading up to the shooting. Trouble started between the McDunns and Arnold when they got into a three-year court battle over money related to a rental property. On May 21,2012, Judge Mike Salvagni ruled in favor of the McDunns in that case and nine days later, Arnold showed up at their house and shot Henry McDunn, according to Lambert.
On the day of the shooting, May 30, 2012, Arnold had thoroughly wrapped and covered the passenger compartment with plastic and disguised herself with a baseball cap with fake hair, gloves and oversized shoes, Lambert said.
Lambert showed pictures from the scene, including several of Arnold handcuffed on the ground, her face bloodied from a scuffle at the home. Henry McDunn, after being shot in the back of the head and chest, reportedly held down Arnold until sheriff's personnel arrived.
"(He) was shot in the back of the head by an intruder who had broken into his house and who had lurked in the darkness just behind the door," Lambert explained.
The prosecution expects to finish up its case and call its final witnesses to the stand on Friday. Then the defense will have its turn to present its case.
Arnold has been being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center on $1 million bond since her arrest. She is being tried on charges of attempted deliberate homicide and aggravated burglary.