By Alan Sorensen
Two people peripherally involved in a double murder in Havre a year ago appeared in 12th Judicial District Court in September on charges stemming from that case.
Shaun Bell, 20, of Rocky Boy, pleaded guilty Sept. 15 to obstructing justice by driving Reid Danell to Great Falls. Bell admitted that Danell, the confessed murderer of Kristi Walker and Kevin Caplette, both 30, at Walker's east Havre home, told him that he'd killed someone. Bell dropped Danell and his codefendant, Jacob Spang, off in Great Falls but failed to notify authorities. The guilty plea came almost a year to the day after the shooting deaths.
The judge ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1.
Bell faces up to 10 years in prison plus a $20 prosecution fee, $10 domestic violence fee and $5 surcharge.
Donny Lynn Ferguson, 21, of Box Elder, was given an 18-month deferred imposition of sentence in September for a drug deal the night of the murder. Ferguson, who admitted to being at Walker's home not long before the murders, pleaded guilty earlier to selling dangerous drugs in the 100 block of Seventh Avenue on Sept. 16, 1999.
Ferguson was released on conditions set down in her presentence investigation. She also was ordered to complete chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations of her counselors.