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Box Elder man charged in fatal arson fire


GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A 22-year-old Box Elder man has denied federal charges that allege he set fire to a house in Box Elder on May 19, killing 24-year-old Freddy Bacon.

Mitchell Lawrence LaMere appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston in Great Falls on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and arson. LaMere was earlier charged in Chippewa Cree tribal court with deliberate homicide and arson.

Tribal police alleged LaMere set the fire intending to harm his ex-girlfriend and two other men, with whom he had argued earlier.


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