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Trude pleads not guilty to charges related to Helena doctor’s shooting death

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 20:44:10-05

HELENA – A Helena man charged in the shooting death of doctor Eugene “Buzz” Walton pleaded not guilty Wednesday in district court.

Gregg Robert Trude is charged with Negligent Homicide and Tampering with or Fabricating Evidence.

The charges stem from an incident on October 21 last year when Walton suffered a fatal gunshot wound in the parking lot of the former Kmart on cedar street in Helena.

A jury trial for the case was set for May 6th in front of judge Mike McMahon in the First Judicial District Court in Montana.

Trude faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a fine of $100,000 if convicted.

Trude previously ran for Montana House Dist. 75 where he was defeated in the June 2018 primary.

On his LinkedIn page, Trude listed himself as a National Rifle Association rifle and handgun instructor and a member of the National Right to Life board of directors.

Gregg Trude appears in court to enter a not guilty plea to negligent homicide charges (MTN photo)