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Montana woman accused of beating uncle to death with baseball bat

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 14:32:04-04

MISSOULA — An Arlee resident accused of beating her uncle to death with a baseball bat over the weekend has been charged with deliberate homicide.

Authorities say the incident on Big Sam Lane near Alree began when 41-year-old Darnell Reevis attempted to assault her mother, Mary Big Sam, at her home in Arlee on June 25.

Reevis's uncle and Mary Big Sam's brother, Paul Big Sam, intervened, which ended in an altercation.

Law enforcement responded to the incident, and Reevis was taken to St. Patrick Hospital for a laceration to her face caused by head butting her uncle.

In the late morning hours the following day, Reevis returned to her mother’s home.

Prosecutors say in charging documents Reevis found her uncle sitting in his car. She then retrieved a metal baseball bat, broke the windows of his vehicle, beat him with the bat, and left him in the yard without medical care for at least four hours.

Prosecutors say Reevis then attempted to wash her clothes and hide the baseball bat from law enforcement.

The victim, Paul Big Sam, died as he was being transported by ambulance to St. Patrick Hospital. Law enforcement believes he died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Reevis is charged with deliberate homicide and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. Her bail was set at $1 million.