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Newman murder and Campbell trial will be featured on "Dateline" on Friday

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Campbell, the Augusta-area man who shot and killed Newman, agreed last month to plead no contest to a charge of negligent homicide. Campbell, the Augusta-area man who shot and killed Newman, agreed last month to plead no contest to a charge of negligent homicide.
Keith Morrison, the anchor for "Dateline," was in Montana in late 2015 to film and interview people involved with the case. Keith Morrison, the anchor for "Dateline," was in Montana in late 2015 to film and interview people involved with the case.
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The murder of Timothy Newman near Augusta and the trial of Joseph Campbell for his death will be featured on the TV program "Dateline" on Friday night.

Campbell, the Augusta-area man who shot and killed Newman, agreed last month to plead no contest to a charge of negligent homicide.

Campbell is accused of shooting and killing Newman over a long-running property dispute on October of 2013 at the Diamond Bar X subdivision outside of Augusta.

A four-week trial in the Campbell case earlier this year ended in a hung jury. A second trial had originally been scheduled for October.

Attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense recommended a 20-year suspended sentence, which the judge accepted.

MTN has also learned details of the wrongful death lawsuit filed against Campbell by Newman’s widow that was settled out of court earlier this year.

According to Jackie Newman’s lawyers, Campbell’s insurance company has agreed to pay $1 million dollars to Tim Newman’s estate.

Keith Morrison, the anchor for "Dateline," was in Montana in late 2015 to film and interview people involved with the case.

Morrison says even though they will have two hours to tell the story, it’s a balance of telling a compelling story and getting it right. The editing process is the longest part of putting together the stories that Dateline does.

Once they are done filming, they have to categorize and analyze hundreds of hours of video before the writing and editing can start.

“We choose all kinds of cases to do. Usually it's because of the complexity of the case or simply because it's more interesting than other cases,” Morrison said.

The program is scheduled to air on KTVH at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10th.

A promotional feature for the episode states: "Even in a peaceful place, like just south of Glacier National Park in Montana, tempers can flare and personalities will clash. One man shoots, another dies…but the story can't be that cut and dry, can it?" 

Morrison also anchored a "Dateline" program in January profiling the 1996 murder of Bryan Rein of Geraldine.

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