BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A 58-year-old man from North Dakota is accused of murdering his brother in north-eastern Montana while the officers responded to the victim's call for 911.
Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle tells The Billings Gazette that the victim asked officers to come to his house early Thursday night because he was afraid his brother was around.
Buerkle says that the deputy who responded to the residence encountered about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of Fort Peck John Ersness, but had no probable reason to hold him.
When the Deputy Sheriff arrived at the residence, he found the 62-year-old man dead. His name and cause of death have not been released. An autopsy is planned.
Ersness was indicted on Friday for intentional manslaughter. He did not make a plea. He remained locked up on a $ 500,000 bail Sunday.
Prisoners refused to say whether Ersness has a lawyer.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com