Biggest local stories of 2022: Two lives lost in Helena-area homicides this year

Phil Drake

The Helena area does not have a lot of homicides on a yearly basis.

But as they say, one is one too many.

In 2022, the public helped authorities make arrests in a mysterious death that took place in Lewis and Clark County west of town, and six months later an especially tragic killing occurred in Helena involving an 8-year-old girl caught in the middle of a domestic dispute.

Brandon Michael Beckman and

Robert John Harvel

Brandon Michael Beckman, left, and Robert John Harvel are both charged with felony deliberate homicide.

A traveler going down Rimini Road in January saw a body that was frozen and had a gunshot wound to the head.

The deceased was identified as 39-year-old Michael Anthony Biggs.

Brandon Michael Beckman, 36, and Robert John Harvel, 32, were both charged with felony deliberate homicide in connection with the man’s death. Beckman’s jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 9, and Harvel’s trial is slated for Feb. 27.

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