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After arrest in Idaho, boyfriend and alleged killer of Megan Stedman to be tried in Montana

Foiles was arrested in Idaho with Stedman's deceased body on Jan. 12, 2024. Law enforcement now believes she was killed in Bozeman before Foiles fled the state.
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Posted at 12:28 PM, Mar 04, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-04 18:13:52-05

This story has been updated with information from Gallatin County charging documents.

BOZEMAN — Charges against Chris Brandon Foiles, accused of murdering his girlfriend Megan Stedman, will be moved to Montana after Foiles was initially located, arrested, and charged in Idaho Falls, Idaho in January 2024.

In a joint news release, Gallatin County Attorney Audrey Cromwell and Prosecuting Attorney Randy Neal out of Bonneville County, Idaho stated that based on further investigation, prosecutors now believe Stedman was murdered in Bozeman before Foiles was found with her deceased body in Idaho Falls.

The release said initial statements made by Foiles and Idaho case law, which creates a legal presumption that the murder occurred where the body was found, led to Foiles being charged in Idaho after his arrest on January 12, 2024.

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“The discovery of Ms. Stedman’s body and the interview of Mr. Foiles was only the beginning of the investigation,” Neal stated in the release. “A thorough investigation is being conducted cooperatively between detectives from the Idaho Falls Police, Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Bozeman Police and the Montana State University Police.”

Neal stated further, “Additional video evidence and a recent admission from Mr. Foiles now indicate that the homicide actually occurred earlier and in a different place than he initially stated."

According to Cromwell, the Gallatin County Attorney's Office filed charges against Foiles on Friday, March 1.

MTN News has obtained the affidavit of probable cause filed by the Attorney's Office, which reveals new alleged details of the case.

According to the affidavit, Stedman and Foiles were seen entering the Bozeman Walmart on Dec. 14, 2023. After they returned to their RV, Stedman was never seen again.

Foiles allegedly returned to Walmart on Dec. 15 and can be seen in security footage alone, purchasing several items that included cleaning supplies, a hacksaw, duct tape, and 55-gallon contractor bags. The affidavit says Foiles again went into Walmart on Dec. 16 and purchased more items, including scent killer, bleach, spray paint, and curtains.

On Feb. 8, Foiles allegedly made a phone call from the Bonneville County Jail that was recorded, in which he admitted to killing Stedman in Bozeman.

The affidavit states that Foiles also admitted to killing Stedman's dog, Cali, but it is not known at this time how or when he did so.

Law enforcement in Montana and Idaho are working to extradite Foiles to Montana on a $1 million warrant. One charge of destroying evidence will remain in place in Idaho; all other Idaho charges will be dismissed, according to Neal.