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Update: Billings man arrested on suspicion of killing female relative

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Posted at 9:10 AM, Dec 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-05 11:02:31-05

Update 2:40 p.m.

A 29-year-old Billings man was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of killing a 67-year-old female relative, according to Billings police.

Jonah Bergman was booked into Yellowstone County jail Saturday and faces a charge of deliberate homicide, according to the jail roster.

Billings police first received a trespass complaint at the Country Inn and Suites in the Heights and found a man, later identified as Bergman, refusing to leave, according to a release from Billings Police Lt. Brandon Wooley. Police did not find him.

About 50 minutes later, dispatch received another call that Bergman was at a nearby Town Pump. He was found and detained by police while walking north on Main Street, according to Wooley.

Officers noticed "suspicious circumstances" that led them to conduct a welfare check on the woman at her home on the 1200 block of Claim Jumper Lane, Wooley wrote.

They found the woman dead there with signs of "suspicious trauma," according to Wooley.

Wooley did not provide a cause of death, but Billings police tweeted earlier in the day that they were investigating a stabbing at the home.

Authorities have not released the victim's name pending notification of next of kin.

The case remains under investigation.

(first report) Billings police are investigating a Saturday morning stabbing in the Heights.

Police responded to the scene at 1222 Claim Jumper Lane at 5:40 a.m. and have a 29-year-old man in custody, according to a department tweet.

Police did not provide information about the victim.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.