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Jul 28, 2010 9:30 PM by Dennis Bragg

Supreme Court upholds Darby woman's murder conviction

HELENA - The Montana Supreme Court is upholding the murder conviction of a Darby woman who was accused of shooting her husband in the head three years ago.

Anne Stout was accused of killing her husband Bill while he was sleeping at the couple's home with his own pistol, and then attempting to cover up the crime by saying she'd been in Missoula shopping.

She was convicted after a high profile trial in Ravalli County District Court in 2008 and then sentenced to life in prison.

Stout's attorneys filed her appeal based on several arguments over the way Judge Jeffrey Langton handled the case, including evidence admitted at the trial, expert reports given to the jury and questions over what was found in a search of the saddlebags on Bill Stout's motorcycle.

But in a 74-page ruling published late last month, the court ruled 4-1 that Judge Langton had properly followed rules of evidence. The court did tell Langton to take another look at a post-trial ruling about reimbursement of costs for Stout's trial.

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