MISSOULA — A change of plea hearing took place Friday morning for the man who is charged with shooting four people -- two of whom died -- in March of 2019.
Jonathan Bertsch pleaded guilty to several charges -- including deliberate homicide during an appearance in Missoula District Court.
Bertsch is charged with two shootings that killed two people and critically wounded two others -- including a Montana Highway Patrol trooper.
Several hours later on March 15, Bertsch is accused of ambushing MHP Trooper Wade Palmer shooting him several times in the head, leaving Palmer with a traumatic brain injury.
Casey's mother Julie Blanchard died from her injuries in June in a Chelan County, Washington hospital where she died of complications of multiple gunshot wounds.
A judge set Bertsch's next court appearance for Aug. 31, 2020.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
- information from Connor McCauley included in this report.