Accused to face charges in Butte cold-case killing; Adam Hatfield waives extradition

2014-02-22T01:00:00Z Accused to face charges in Butte cold-case killing; Adam Hatfield waives extradition Montana Standard

A former Butte man accused of killing his father waived extradition Friday in South Dakota.

Adam Hatfield is expected to return to Butte to face a charge of deliberate homicide next week, Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich said.

He’s accused of killing his father, who went missing more than five years ago from a cabin he shared with his father, Matt Hatfield.

Authorities say forensics broke open the cold case, but they’re remaining tight-lipped on exactly how, saying only that science helped prove Matt Hatfield is now dead and he was killed by his son.

Court documents say the killing occurred in 2008 sometime between Nov. 28 and Dec. 8. Prosecutors allege the crime occurred at the family’s property about 15 miles south of Butte and “locations within the County of Silver Bow.”

The 49-year-old Hatfield was last seen in November 2008 but his disappearance was not reported to authorities until Dec. 23, 2008, by his sister.

Adam Hatfield left the area soon after his father went missing and moved to California. He moved to South Dakota about two months ago and was arrested Wednesday at the convenience store where he worked.

A complaint filed in Butte justice court Tuesday states Adam Hatfield killed his father and “knowingly displayed, brandished, or otherwise used a firearm, destructive device, or other dangerous weapon.” Authorities have declined to elaborate.

If convicted of deliberate homicide, Adam Hatfield faces punishment of death or life in prison or 10 to 100 years in state prison. Prosecutors have asked to potentially add another two to 10 years in prison to that sentence for the use of a weapon.

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