Trial scheduled for 2 men accused in killing of Helena couple

Posted at 10:21 AM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 12:21:57-04

HELENA – A September trial date has been scheduled for two of three suspects accused of taking part in the homicide of a Helena couple a month ago.

Kyle Alexander Hamm and Journey Ryder Wieneke were arraigned on a series of charges involving the deaths of David and Charla Taylor during an initial appearance hearing in Lewis & Clark District Court,

Hamm is facing eight charges including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony burglary, tampering with evidence and possession of meth. Wieneke is also charged with two counts of deliberate homicide.

Kaleb Taylor’s arraignment was postponed because the closed circuit video system from the Montana State Prison wasn’t available.

Hamm, along with Taylor, Wieneke, and Lakota Salminen allegedly burglarized the Lincoln RV Park on March 10th. The business was owned by the Taylors.

Prosecutors say after the break-in, David and Charla Taylor confronted Kaleb about the crime after seeing security video at the business. He allegedly told the couple he was responsible for the crime.

Charging documents say on the night of Sunday, March 18, Taylor, Hamm and Wieneke drove to the Taylor home. 

While Hamm stood outside the home of Cayuse Road, Taylor and Wieneke allegedly went inside. About 15 minutes later Taylor walked out of the home with a backpack and ordered Hamm to drive the trio to Rods-n-Dogs car wash.

The bodies of the Taylors were found by a family friend the next evening.

Taylor allegedly told investigators he removed his clothing from the home, along with a murder weapon and jewelry. Taylor allegedly told investigators he tried to stage the scene as a robbery.

Security video shows Taylor and Wieneke washing off their shoes at the car wash, and all three cleaning out Taylor’s pickup truck along with a long metal bar investigators believe is the murder weapon.

Hamm is accused of kicking a knife blade into a floor drain at the same time.

During the arraignment, both Hamm and Wieneke were given not guilty pleas and both were scheduled for trial on Sept. 9 in Judge Mike Menahan’s court.

The three suspects are incarcerated in separate facilities.

Taylor at the Montana State Prison, Wieneke at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center and Hamm is being held in the Broadwater County Detention Center.

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