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Testimony in 2018 Missoula double homicide trial continues

Preston Rossbach
Posted at 3:00 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 23:12:41-05

MISSOULA — The trial for a man who is charged in connection with a 2018 Missoula double homicide continued on Friday.

First responders found Jason Flink and Megan Mclaughlin dead on the floor in a hotel room, and a survivor, Kaleb Williams, on the bed on Oct. 18, 2018.

Preston Rossbach – who is accused of stabbing three people -- faced a jury trial on Friday for his alleged role in the hotel homicides.

The prosecution alleges that Rossbach, and co-defendant Johnathan Whitworth, were at the room to commit a drug-related robbery.

When that went wrong, the state says the men killed two people in the room.

During Friday’s testimony, investigators discussed fingerprinting, gunshot residue, and valuables left behind.

Crime scene technician Kate Ferro said at least three phones, one wallet, personal items, and jewelry were found in the room.

Surveillance footage shows Rossbach leaving the room before authorities arrived.

The trial will continue Monday at 9 a.m. in Missoula District Court. Johnathan Whitworth is set to stand trial in April.