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Bail hearing for Great Falls kidnapping suspect gets heated (video)

Posted: 12/06/2017 16:13:00 -07:00 Updated:

(GREAT FALLS) A bail hearing on Wednesday for Michael Echeverria, who is charged with kidnapping and assault, got a bit heated.

Echeverria is facing several charges, including aggravated kidnapping, assault with a weapon, and robbery.

During the bail hearing, detective Katie Cunningham of the Great Falls Police Department testified about a number of concerns.

Cunningham spoke about treating texts that Echeverria has sent to the victim and how he sells drugs through his Snapchat instant-messaging account.

Some of the evidence that Cunningham presented caught defense attorney Carl Jensen off guard.

Jensen said, "I have a bunch of stuff coming apparently, a pile of stuff. Which a bunch of stuff I have not heard of until today, judge, in the bail hearing. It is an outrage.”

Amanda Lofink, one of the prosecuting attorneys, said, "I can say for a lot of the information that I just went over with Detective Cunningham came from her and a discussion yesterday while preparing for this hearing. Some of it, yes, is in the reports that Mr. Jensen will be receiving.”

According to the Montana law, the rules of evidence do not apply to a bail hearing.

Judge John Parker decided to continue the bail hearing until December 20.


(SEPTEMBER 8, 2017) Michael Echeverria made his initial court appearance in Great Falls on Friday, charged with several felonies for reportedly assaulting a woman and stealing her purse at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls.

According to court documents, a police officer was called to the hotel about a reported disturbance. When the officer arrived, he found Echeverria in a hallway - already handcuffed by another officer, and with a purse strapped over his shoulder.

After entering the hotel room, the officer found a woman naked on the floor and covered in blood. The woman had a laceration near her right temple.

There was blood spattered on the floor, walls, and furniture of the room. The documents state that after the woman was taken to the hospital, she reported having been in a relationship with Echeverria for four years and being separated for about the last six weeks.

The woman and Echeverria argued, which escalated into a physical fight. The documents state that Echeverria pulled the woman from the bed and hit her with his fists. As she tried to leave the room, he knocked her down and hit her stomach, chest, face, and arms. Witnesses in neighboring rooms reported hearing violent noises, screaming, profanity, and furniture breaking.

Court documents state that the victim has "multiple injuries all over her body."

Authorities also learned that Echeverria had made threatening phone calls to the woman's family, and the woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Court documents also state that the victim's sister received text messages from the victim's phone which stated: "your scum (sic)," "death to all white scum," and "death to your children."

Echeverria has been charged with three felonies including aggravated kidnapping, assault with a weapon, and robbery, as well as misdemeanor partner/family member assault, misdemeanor theft, and misdemeanor "privacy in communications" charge.

Prosecutors requested that bond for Echeverria be set at $150,000.

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