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No charges filed as detectives continue to investigate double homicide in Billings

Posted at 8:05 PM, Jan 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-29 01:54:02-05

BILLINGS — Police said Friday they are continuing to piece together what happened in a double homicide in a vehicle on the south side of Billings on Thursday morning, but no charges have been filed.

A third man in the vehicle, who remains in the hospital with neck injuries, had no known association with the two men found shot to death, who were identified as Joshua D. LaForge, 34, and Dante J. Bezpaletz, 30, both of Billings.

Billings Police Lt. Brandon Wooley says the third man, whose name has not yet been released, owned the vehicle that was found crashed into a tree on the 300 block of South 37th Street.

Wooley said that detectives are investigating several possible crimes related to the incident, including robbery, aggravated kidnapping, attempted homicide, and homicide.

Police do not believe any other people are involved in the incident.

Detectives are continuing to investigate, "verify and corroborate sequences of events regarding this incident," Wooley wrote.

Questions remain about what led up to the incident, including who police believe was the aggressor, and who they're investigating for possible charges.

Joshua D. LaFGorge and Dante J. Bezpaletz
Joshua D. LaFGorge and Dante J. Bezpaletz

Bezpaletz had recently been reported as a walkaway/escapee from the Alpha House Pre-Release ,Center and had been convicted of felony theft in Yellowstone County in 2014.

LaForge had two felony assault convictions in 2017.

Billings police will not release any more information on the incident, according to Wooley, meaning it's likely additional updates would come from Yellowstone County prosecutors.