MISSOULA – A motion to suppress evidence in the trial of a man accused of a Missoula double murder in 2017 has been denied by Judge James Wheelis.
Instead, the defense will get their other wish of a delayed court date.
Augustus Standingrock is on trial for the August 2017 murders of 15-year-old Marilyn Pickett and 24-year-old Jackson Wiles.
Standingrock’s girlfriend, Tiffanie Pierce, is accused of committing the murders with him while both are accused of attempting to dispose of the bodies in chemical-filled barrels in their basement.
On Oct. 1, Standingrock’s defense team argued that the state has gathered a substantial amount of evidence in the case and submitted the evidence to the State Crime Lab, but has yet to receive any results . The defense argued that all DNA evidence should be suppressed unless the case is continued to allow the defense time to review results they receive and develop a case strategy for the processed evidence.
Wheelis denied the motion, ruling that the state and the crime labs have done their best to process the evidence in a timely manner.
Wheelis did, however, agree with the defense that a new trial date will give the defense enough time to review the processed evidence and come up with their defense strategy.
The new trial date has been reset for Jan. 4 with a status hearing set for Dec. 21.
Reporting by Connor McCauley for MTN News