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Judge moves Jackson homicide trial to Missoula


A man accused of fatally shooting a Blaine County sheriff's deputy will stand trial in Missoula next June.

The trial of Lawrence Dean Jackson Jr., 25, will start June 7, little more than a year after deputy Joshua Rutherford was shot to death in a field outside Harlem. Jackson is charged with one count of deliberate homicide in Rutherford's death, and one count of attempted deliberate homicide in the wounding of deputy Loren Janis. Jackson is being held without bond in the Hill County Detention Center.

Blaine County Attorney Yvonne Laird and assistant state attorney general Carlo Canty are...

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