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Trial underway for man accused in Missoula double murder

Preston Rossbach
Posted at 2:11 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 22:13:21-05

MISSOULA — A trial is underway for a man who has been charged in connection with a Missoula double homicide that occurred on October 18, 2018.

Both sides in the case gave opening statements on Tuesday in a Missoula courtroom.

Prosecutors say Preston Rossbach stabbed three people in a room at the Mountain Valley Inn, in an effort to “leave no witnesses” after they had been shot by someone else.

Two people, Jason Flink, and Megan Mclaughlin were found dead in the room. Kaleb Williams survived.

Rossbach's defense attorney said he is not responsible for anything that occurred the night of the shooting.

Missoula County Deputy Attorney Jordan Kilby showed jurors bodycam footage and photos taken by Missoula police from the night of the incident.

Video shows Rossbach, Johnathan Whitworth, and Labenza Charlo enter and leave the hotel room.

Charlo gave testimony that she was uncomfortable and nervous around both Whitworth and Rossbach the night of the murders.

Kilby said Charlo has been given immunity for her testimony.

Two Missoula police officers also testified Tuesday.

They both said they were called to an assault at the hotel room and when they arrived they said that two people were on the floor and Williams, was on the bed asking for help.

Jury selection took place on Monday, and the trial is set to continue Tuesday afternoon as well as on Thursday morning.