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Hamilton Couple Charged with Murder of Robert Thaut

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Two people are charged in the death 25-year-old Robert Thaut, a Hamilton man found dead in his home on January 28.

Richard Michael Sullivan, 25, is charged with felony deliberate homicide while his wife, Candace Elizabeth Sullivan, 28, is charged with conspiracy to commit deliberate homicide, also a felony.

Court documents released Tuesday say police responded to a call late at night on Jan. 28 where they found Thaut dead on his living room floor.

A later prognosis from Dr. Gary Dale, the Montana State Medical Examiner, says Thaut died of blunt trauma force to the abdomen, a type of injury that takes a large amount of force, would not lead to immediate death and could be repaired with medical attention.

Hamilton Police say when they arrived to Thaut's house, Candace Sullivan was there, near Thaut's body and her husband, Richard Sullivan was lying in his car, supposedly asleep.

The Sullivans' were questioned by police, and gave different stories of what happened that night.

The couple told police they had been drinking with Thaut at his house when he supposedly smelled Candace's hair, which bothered Richard and started a fight between the two men.

Dale says Thaut's injuries show his head and abdomen must have been stomped on at some time, though Richard at first denied this and told police he hit the man with a speaker.

Court documents say after the fight and seeing that Thaut was unconscious, the Sullivans' left and didn't call 9-1-1 for several hours.

The Sullivans' were taken into custody for unrelated drug charges earlier this month. When they were in custody, they told police they had new information they wanted to give about Thaut's death, information that ultimately led to their charges for his death.

They both scheduled to appear in Ravalli Co. Justice Court tomorrow-- Wednesday, Feb. 26.

 

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