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Missoula man found guilty in the death of homeless man

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-20 11:04:36-05

MISSOULA - A man charged in the death of a homeless man in November 2020 has been found guilty.

According to a press release from the Missoula Police Department, a jury found Charles Michael Covey guilty of deliberate homicide.

It only took the jury to reach their decision in three hours on Thursday.

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Charles Michael Covey

This case involved the murder of homeless man Lee Roy Nelson.

Nelson was found brutally murdered on Nov. 20,2020, in a vacant parking lot off Orange Street in downtown Missoula.

A citizen found the body of 65-year-old Nelson next to the northside river trail.

A sentencing date for Covey has not been set.