Helena man found guilty of murder for girlfriend’s shooting death

Posted at 12:25 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 14:25:13-04

HELENA – A Helena man has been found guilty of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence for the July 2017 shooting death of Katherine Spencer, 23.

The week-long trial ended with the guilty verdict just after 9 p.m. on Friday. 

Skyler Schneider, 22, called 911 on July 1 st to report that a woman had been shot in a vehicle on 12th Avenue and was bleeding badly.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Spencer in the passenger seat with a gunshot wound to her head.

Police searched an area where a neighbor reported seeing Schneider following what the neighbor said sounded like fireworks.

Detectives found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in that same area.

Schneider is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20 th.