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Belgrade man charged with killing his wife

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BELGRADE - A man was arrested Thursday afternoon on a charge of deliberate homicide for the death of his wife, Lauren Walder Dewise. Belgrade Police Chief E.J. Clark stated in a press release that Joseph Paul Dewise is being held on $1 million bail.

Lauren Dewise was killed Sunday in a shooting on Idaho Street in Belgrade.

According to charging documents, a woman who resided with Lauren Dewise at the Idaho Street residence reported on Sunday that Lauren was fatally injured, and another roommate, Ashley Van Hemert, was injured and asking for help.

Belgrade Police officers along with Gallatin County Sheriff deputies arrived to find the rear entrance to the home damaged. The woman who reported the incident told officers she immediately suspected Joseph Paul Dewise.

Emergency responders confirmed that Lauren Dewise was dead and transported Van Hemert to receive emergency medical attention.

The third roommate was taken to Belgrade Police Department, where she told officers Lauren had recently ended an abusive relationship with Joseph Paul Dewise.

Based on the roommate’s interview, officers began looking for Dewise and initiated a traffic stop when they located him driving near his residence around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He had his three children in the vehicle with him; Lauren is the mother of the youngest, a 4-year-old. Dewise informed officers he had firearms in the vehicle.

Dewise was detained and taken to the Gallatin County Justice Center. He waived his rights and allegedly denied any involvement in Lauren’s death during his interview. He claimed he spent the night before with his children, then took his family to church at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Dewise also told officers he owned multiple firearms, including a .22 long rifle, .22 magnum, and other calibers.

Multiple interviews with friends and co-workers of Lauren painted the picture of an abusive history between her and Dewise, with him making repeated attempts to contact her after she left the relationship.

Based on interviews, data from Dewise’s cell phone, and evidence from the crime scene, authorities determined there was sufficient probable cause to arrest and charge Joseph Paul Dewise with deliberate homicide.

Domestic violence support service HAVEN issued a statement about the alleged homicide Thursday evening:

"A banking center manager at Rocky Mountain Bank in Bozeman, Lauren was a kindhearted, caring friend and mother. She was driven in her career and always pushed herself to be better in everything she did. We are particularly devastated for Lauren’s three-year-old daughter. No child should ever have to experience the loss of their mother through such tragedy or endure the suffering caused by violence in the home."

(1.11.18 report)

BELGRADE - Joseph Paul Dewise was arrested on an initial charge of deliberate homicide. He is being held on $1 million bond, according to the Gallatin County Detention Center Jail roster.

Dewise is the estranged husband of Lauren Walder Dewise, who was killed Sunday in a shooting on Idaho Street in Belgrade. 

Belgrade Police Chief E.J. Clark issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

All Citizens,

The entire team of officers working this investigation would like to report that an Arrest Warrant was issued this afternoon and served in Bozeman, Montana.

Officers Arrested:

Joseph Paul DeWise, 46 y.o.a. , male resident of Bozeman, Montana for Deliberate Homicide in the shooting death of his wife, Lauren DeWise.

DeWise was arrested during a traffic stop at approximately 1530 hrs. without incident and transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center.

Bail Amount has been set at $1,000,000.00.

Please understand that this investigation is still active and more charges are likely in the near future.

More detailed and factual information can be found in the charging documents that have been filed with the Gallatin County Justice Court located at the Law and Justice Center.

Thank you,

Chief E. J. Clark

RELATED: “Person of interest” in deadly Belgrade shooting released

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