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Murder trial underway in Great Falls

Posted at 11:30 AM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 13:30:51-05

Jury selection began this week for the trial of Brandon Craft, who is charged with deliberate homicide for the death of Adam Petzack in February 2016.

Opening arguments began on Wednesday afternoon.

Petzack rented a small out-building from Craft on Gore Hill. Craft told investigators that he killed Petzack after he saw him performing an inappropriate sex act near Craft’s young daughter, but detectives testified that there was no evidence of that.

Prosecutors say after Craft murdered Petzack, he hid his body and started a bank account to steal Petzack's military veteran's benefits.

Craft and his wife Katelyn were later arrested in Washington. The couple later divorced and Katelyn subsequently pleaded guilty to two felony counts of deceptive practices.

The trial has been postponed several times for various reasons, including Brandon’s attorney being removed due to a conflict of interest, and an anonymous letter being dropped off at the courthouse alleging that Katelyn had more to do with Petzack's murder.