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West Yellowstone man denies abusing 12-year-old boy

Posted at 10:44 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 12:44:57-04

BOZEMAN — A West Yellowstone man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Gallatin County District Court to a felony charge of assault on a minor, in connection with the death of 12-year-old James Alex Hurley.

According to court documents, Gage Roush, 18, was identified as the man seen striking Hurley with his hands and a wooden paddle in a video on the phone of James Sasser III.

Hurley's 14-year-old uncle facing a deliberate homicide charge in the case.

Hurley's grandparents, James Sasser Jr. and Patricia Batts, also face homicide charges in the case, accused of the “systematic torture” that led to Hurley’s death.

Roush's bail was kept at $50,000. His next court date is a status conference which has been set for April 21.