(MTN News-BOZEMAN) Anthony Tobias Fagiano of Bozeman pleaded not guilty on Monday to killing his former girlfriend, Darcy Buhmann.
Fagiano, 35 years old, pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide and three other charges: aggravated burglary, theft, and violating an order of protection.
On the morning of March 9th, a 911 call was received from a man who stated that he had received a text message from Fagiano stating that he had killed his ex-wife, Darcy Buhmann.
Bozeman police officers responded to Buhmann’s residence on Buckrake Ave. arriving at 5:28 a.m. Officers saw a broken glass window next to the rear door of the residence. The door was locked, so officers went to the front door which was unlocked. Immediately upon entry, officers could detect the odor of a recently-fired firearm. They entered the upstairs bedroom belonging to Buhmann and located her lying inside the closet. Buhmann was deceased.
At approximately 6:20 a.m. Fagiano told an officer at the Law and Justice Center that he had just killed his girlfriend, Darcy Buhmann, and that the weapon was in a nearby vehicle. Fagiano was placed in handcuffs and when asked if his girlfriend needed medical assistance, replied: “No, man, she’s dead. I popped her in the head.”
During an interview at 7:05 a.m. Fagiano told officers that he had been dating Buhmann for approximately one year. He reportedly told officers that Buhmann had received two separate order of protection against him and that for several months he had been contemplating killing Buhmann. Buhmann had taken out a restraining order as recently as Feb. 21, according to Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert.
Approximately one week prior, Fagiano stole a semi-automatic rifle from a friend’s residence with the intention of killing Buhmann. The day after he stole the weapon, he allegedly purchased ammunition for it.
He told officers that at approximately 4:30 a.m. on March 9, he broke into Buhmann’s residence and walked into her bedroom. He found her hiding in her closet and proceeded to shoot her in the stomach with one round. He then fired a second round into her head.
He then left the residence in her vehicle, went into the woods and notified several family members and Buhmann’s ex-husband that he had shot and killed her. A family member urged Fagiano to report what he did to law enforcement.
Fagiano also told the officers he was drunk and angry at the time of the killing and considered killing himself, but family members talked him into going to police instead.
Fagiano remains in custody at the Gallatin County Detention Center; the judge continued his bond at $1 million dollars, which Fagiano’s public defender did not contest.