Man found dead in Billings driveway

2013-10-21T01:15:00Z Man found dead in Billings driveway Montana Standard
October 21, 2013 1:15 am

BILLINGS — Police in Billings are investigating after the discovery Sunday of a man's body with apparent gunshot wounds in the driveway of a home. 

A person driving by reported seeing a man dead in a driveway at 10:11 a.m. on Sunday and called 911, said Billings police Sgt. Jason Gartner.

The victim, a man between 25 and 35 years old, had at least one and possibly several, gunshot wounds to the chest, Gartner said.

Two women who were in the home were unaware that a man was dead in the driveway, near the back tires of a black Cadillac sport utility vehicle, Gartner said. The women were taken away from the home to be interviewed, he said.

Police are awaiting detectives to continue the investigation.

Lois Gaudet, who lives two houses south of the home, said she’d heard something overnight.

“At 2:30 this morning I heard three shots. The little dog jumped out of bed and we heard the car drive away.”

Yellowstone County property tax records list the property owners as William W. and Keturah J. Goodridge. 

Reached at home on Sunday morning, the Goodridges said they were unaware of the incident, but said the property has been rented to a woman named London Cavanaugh for a few years.

Paul Van Tricht, who lives at 1134 N. 24th St., said he did not hear anything unusual on Saturday night.

He said the home is a rental and that the people have lived there for about four years. He said he knows the woman who lives at 1128 and that she is very nice.

Van Tricht, who has lived there since 1996, said it’s a pretty quiet neighborhood.

Gazette records show the last major incident on the block happened on Dec. 12, 2009, when Jason Morast, 27, was stabbed to death by his wife after an altercation in their home at 1129 N. 24th St.

In that incident, Daisy Rae Morast was released after an investigation showed she had “a substantial claim of justifiable use of force,” said police Sgt. Kevin Iffland.

Authorities reviewed 911 calls, autopsy records, Daisy Morast’s medical records and interviews with family members before deciding not to pursue charges against her.

— The Billings Gazette

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