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Scott and Meinhardt make initial court appearances

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Roy Edward Scott (Cascade County Detention Center booking photo) Roy Edward Scott (Cascade County Detention Center booking photo)
Scott said that when he and Wells arrived home, he took their truck keys from her because she was an alcoholic and would "often try to leave the house and drive intoxicated." Scott said that when he and Wells arrived home, he took their truck keys from her because she was an alcoholic and would "often try to leave the house and drive intoxicated."
Tyler Michael Meinhardt (Cascade County Detention Center booking photo) Tyler Michael Meinhardt (Cascade County Detention Center booking photo)
During their investigation, police officers discovered that Meinhardt had the wallet, keys, and cell phone of the man who died. During their investigation, police officers discovered that Meinhardt had the wallet, keys, and cell phone of the man who died.
GREAT FALLS -

Roy Scott charged with felony criminal endangerment in connection with the death of Stephanie Wells in Great Falls.

Tyler Meinhardt charged with tampering with evidence following the death of a Great Falls man on Friday.



Roy Edward Scott has been charged with felony criminal endangerment in connection with the death of Stephanie Wells in Great Falls.

Court documents state that a Great Falls police officer was dispatched to a home on the 400 block of 51st Street South at 3:25 a.m. on Saturday, March 26th, for a report of a woman who was not breathing.

When the officer arrived, medical personnel were performing CPR on Stephanie, but Great Falls Fire Rescue personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.

When questioned by police, Scott said that he and his wife - Stephanie - had gone to the North 40 Bar for drinks earlier that night. 

Scott said that when he and Wells arrived home, he took their truck keys from her because she was an alcoholic and would "often try to leave the house and drive intoxicated."

Court documents state that Scott and Wells then began arguing, and it became physical, and she began to hit him.

The court document states:

"Roy said they fell off of the bed in a physical struggle. Once on the floor, Roy stated that he physically restrained her. He stated that they were both lying on the floor and he put his arms around her in an attempt to control her arms. He demonstrated this as holding her in a bear hug fashion. Roy said he used his legs to pin her legs down to stop her from kicking."

Scott told police that he believes he held her for 10-15 minutes in this fashion, until she "stopped kicking and whining." 

At that point, according to the charging documents, he noticed that her face appeared blue and she was not breathing. He then yelled for his teen son to help him, and his son called 911.  Scott told police that he and his son performed CPR until emergency personnel arrived.

Scott has been charged with felony criminal endangerment, according to court documents, because he "created a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death to Stephanie." 

Authorities are continuing to investigate the death, and additional charges may be filed; an autopsy has been scheduled at the state crime lab in Missoula.

Prosecutors requested that bond for Scott be set at $50,000.

We will update you as we get more information.



Tyler Michael Meinhardt has been charged with tampering with evidence following the death of a Great Falls man on Friday.

According to court documents, Meinhardt and two other people -- a man and a woman -- had been smoking meth early Friday at a residence.

At some point, one of the two men left the residence and began to drive away, but then apparently had a medical incident, possibly a heart attack, and the vehicle struck a nearby house on 10th Street North, between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue.

When Meinhardt and the woman went outside to look for him, they saw the vehicle across the street, and found the man in the car unresponsive. 

According to court documents and testimony from the woman, Meinhardt then pulled the man out of the vehicle and drove the vehicle off of the lawn, parking it on the street a short distance away.

During their investigation, police officers discovered that Meinhardt had the wallet, keys, and cell phone of the man who died.

Meinhardt is charged with tampering with or fabricating evidence, a felony; prosecutors requested that bond be set at $10,000.

Meinhardt is currently on probation for a conviction in Cascade County for criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

The man who died - whose name has not yet been released - was taken to the hospital, but passed away a short time later.

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