MISSOULA — Johnathan Bertsch, the Arlee man charged with two shootings in March that killed one man and critically wounded three others, including a Montana Highway Patrol trooper, is set to go to trial this summer.
Bertsch's trial is set for August 17 in Missoula District Court. It's scheduled for 10 days.
The first shooting happened March 14 where Bertsch is accused of killing Shelley Hays and wounding Casey Blanchard and his mother Julie off Expressway Boulevard in Missoula.
Several hours later on March 15, Bertsch is accused of ambushing MHP Trooper Wade Palmer, shooting him several times in the head, leaving Palmer with a traumatic brain injury.
Casey's mother Julie died from her gunshot injuries in June at a hospital in Chelan County, Washington. Missoula County prosecutors are reviewing those coroner reports before amending charges.
Bertsch is currently charged with one count of deliberate homicide and three counts of attempted deliberate homicide.
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