Crime Report: Two Homicide Charges and One Assault on a Minor

The Missoula County Attorney’s Office filed 17 new felony complaints this week and one person was charged with deliberate homicide. County Attorney Kirsten Pabst explains.

“We charged Staryal Dedrick Johnston with deliberate homicide,” Pabst said. “In that case, a child called 911 to report that her father was choking her mom out. Officers responded and the victim did not survive. She was allegedly strangled.”

Pabst said her office also charged two felony DUI cases. In one of those cases, it was a DUI eighth offense.

“There was an assault on a minor case,” Pabst said. “In that case, a child was allegedly walking her dog looking for her cat near the defendant’s vehicle. The defendant allegedly approached her and followed her home. She put her dog inside and then he allegedly assaulted the child. Her uncle intervened. The defendant left and was later arrested.”

According to Pabst, they also charged an attempted deliberate homicide that occurred early Wednesday morning. In that case, the allegation is that the defendant stood across from the Bodega Bar downtown and shot several rounds toward a crowd that was standing there, striking one male.

It was a violent week in Missoula, but Pabst said there was some good news as

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