The suspect in the shooting death of a Grant County man in December was secretly dating the victim’s girlfriend, court documents allege.
David E. Nickels, 29, is in jail on $5 million bond for a first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 29 slaying of Sage J. Munro at Munro’s home in Ephrata.
The six-month investigation took detectives to six states before Nickels was arrested this week in his hometown of Helena.
That’s where investigators say he met Munro’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Marita Messick, more than five years ago. Nickels and Messick had a child together when Messick was 15, according to court documents filed this week in Grant County Superior Court.
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