The man accused of shooting three men at a Bozeman house party last month will be charged with deliberate homicide after one victim died. The Gallatin County Attorney said he will file the new charges on Thursday.
25-year-old, Cody Christopher Little appeared in Gallatin County Justice court on September 20. At that time he was being charged with two counts of attempted deliberate homicide and one count of assault with a weapon.
Now, County Attorney, Marty Lambert said since Larry "LJ" Clayton died from injuries he sustained in the shooting, he will be changing Little's charges.
"I anticipate asking for permission to file one charge of deliberate homicide and two charges of attempted deliberate homicide," said Lambert.
According to court documents, Little got into a fist fight with one of the victims at a house party, left the scene, went to his home, got a shot gun and returned to the party.
He allegedly shot three men at the party, two were shot in the leg, one in the stomach. Lambert said he will file an affidavit of probable cause on Thursday, which with list the new charges and state what happened according to witnesses and police reports.
"I anticipate that the court will grant leave to do that then the next step the court will want to take is ranging for the arraignment," said Lambert. "At that hearing, the defendant will appear and will enter a plea to the charges."
Lambert said in complex cases like this, it's not unusual to see a trial date set far in the future. He said it might go to the middle of next year.
Lambert said Little's arraignment will most likely be scheduled for some time next week. Little remains behind bars on a $1.25 bond.