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Courtnage pleads not guilty to killing a woman in Great Falls

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Pamela Jean Courtnage pleaded not guilty in Great Falls on Thursday on charges of deliberate homicide and felony theft. Pamela Jean Courtnage pleaded not guilty in Great Falls on Thursday on charges of deliberate homicide and felony theft.
Officers were called to a house on 2nd Avenue North on May 26th after the body of a 69-year old woman was found. Officers were called to a house on 2nd Avenue North on May 26th after the body of a 69-year old woman was found.
Pamela Jean Courtnage (Missoula County jail booking photo) Pamela Jean Courtnage (Missoula County jail booking photo)
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Pamela Jean Courtnage pleaded not guilty in Great Falls on Thursday on charges of deliberate homicide and felony theft.

Courtnage is charged with killing a 69-year old woman in Great Falls; court documents identify the victim only as "Jane Doe," due to the recent implementation of Marsy's Law

Courtnage asked Judge Greg Pinski if she could speak on her own behalf.

At that point, her court-appointed attorney told Judge Pinski that he had advised Courtnage to exercise her right to remain silent, and that Judge Elizabeth Best had signed a court order for Courtnage to undergo a mental-health evaluation at the state hospital in Warm Springs.

Judge Pinski then advised Courtnage that she was under no obligation to speak, and reminded her that a court reporter was recording everything she said, and her words could be used against her in future court proceedings.

Courtnage then said that her family was trying to take her home on 2nd Avenue North, and take over every asset that she has.

Judge Pinski then explained that if she had issues with assets or family matters, they need to be addressed separately, apart from this court proceeding.

Courtnage then told Judge Pinski that she had asked for a lawyer to be appointed to her, instead of the "guy" sitting next to her. 

Judge Pinski pointed out to her that the man sitting next to her was her court-appointed attorney.

A trial date for Courtnage has not yet been scheduled.



(MAY 30, 2017) Officers were called to a house on 2nd Avenue North in Great Falls on Saturday after the body of a 69-year old woman was found.

The victim is identified in court documents only as "Jane Doe."

Doe's husband told police that Doe had gone to the house the previous week to help Courtnage perform some maintenance on the residence.

Courtnage is reported to have been the sole occupant of the home.

Doe's husband told police that he tried to contact Doe on Friday evening, but did not receive an answer.

On Saturday, he drove to the house and found Doe's body by the patio at the bottom of the stairs. 

Officers found signs of a struggle, including blood evidence, leading from the patio to a bedroom.

Doe had been staying at a hotel in Great Falls, and the last time her hotel key card had been used was on Thursday morning. 

When Courtnage was arrested near Clearwater Junction on Saturday afternoon, she was driving Doe's truck and also had Doe's purse in her possession.

Bond for Courtnage was set at $500,000.

The name of the victim has not yet been released, nor have any details about the cause of death.

We will update you as we get more information.

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