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Flathead man pleads not guilty to pushing man off bridge

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Cecil Thomas Rice (L) and Heather Joy Meeker (R) Cecil Thomas Rice (L) and Heather Joy Meeker (R)
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The suspect charged with pushing a man off a bridge to his death says he’s not guilty of deliberate homicide in the death of Anthony Walthers.

Cecil Thomas Rice appeared in Flathead County District Court Thursday before Judge Dan Wilson.

Rice is charged with pushing 34-year-old Anthony Walthers off the Old Steele Bridge near Evergreen on April 26. 

Rice's girlfriend, Heather Joy Meeker  is charged with felony tampering with evidence.

Walthers’ body was found by boaters about a mile and half offshore from the mouth of the Flathead River on Monday.

Authorities have described all of those involved as transients who were living in the Kalispell area.

Rice’s trial is set for November 27.

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