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Kalispell man charged with killing his wife

Bradley Hillious
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Posted at 1:25 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 23:50:20-05

KALISPELL — Bradley Hillious of Kalispell, charged with murdering his wife, was arrested and booked into the Flathead County Detention Center on Christmas Eve.

Hillious, 34 years old, has been charged with deliberate homicide for killing 31-year-old Amanda Hillious.

Charging documents said Flathead County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at a residence on Willow Glenn Trail in Kalispell on December 15. Deputies found Bradley attempting to render aid to his wife, who was on the floor unresponsive.

Charging documents said Bradley stated that he heard someone scream and came out of his room and saw Amanda laying at the bottom of the stairs.

Bradley’s father Scott Hillious -- as well as Bradley's four children, ranging from one to 11 years old -- were present at the house when deputies arrived.

During forensic interviews, charging documents said one child could hear his mother telling his father to stop hitting her and heard his mother scream “call 911.”

Amanda was taken to a hospital where a physician said she had multiple injuries including a laceration on her head, a lacerated liver, broken ribs, and bruises on her legs. She died from her injuries on December 19, and an autopsy was conducted on December 22 at the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula.

It was then determined that her death was caused by blunt force injuries associated with neck compression and the manner of death was ruled homicide.

Detectives called Bradley on December 24 and asked if he and his dad Scott could come in for a follow-up interview.

Charging documents say Bradley stated he wanted to speak with his legal counsel and would call back later. A short while later Bradley called 911 and reported that his father Scott had died by suicide.

Bradley reportedly said his father approached him and said “I can’t do this anymore. I’m not going to jail. I love you,” before killing himself.

Hillious could face life in prison if convicted on the deliberate homicide charge. He is being held on $750,000 bond.

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the children:

If you knew Amanda, you knew she was one of the most loving moms. She was the kind of person that was always there for her friends and family. Her children, ages 1, 3, 5, and 11 have lost their mom just before Christmas. She leaves behind her mom, dad, sisters, brother, children, grandparents, nephew, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Amanda will be dearly missed. Please find it within your heart to donate and help her family give her a proper memorial. Funds will also go to help support her four children. We love you Amanda with all of our hearts.

If you would like to help, click here.