On Monday, Lake County prosecutors filed a charge of deliberate homicide against Browning resident Makueeyapee Whitford. Whitford is accused of stabbing Polson resident John Pierre at a house party on March 16.
A “motion and affidavit” document filed by Lake County prosecutors Monday reveals new alleged details about the incident. The document states that Whitford allegedly told several partygoers that he recently got out of prison. Washington Department of Corrections staff tell NBC Montana Whitford served time from 1999 to 2009 for attempted robbery, assault, and attempting to elude.
The Lake County document also reveals that officers arrested Whitford at the Bayview Inn in Polson, and that Whitford denied being at the party at all.
According to the document, John Pierre had reportedly gone up to two people who were in a vehicle outside of the party, asking why music was no longer playing. Whitford then allegedly approached Pierre, and allegedly stabbed him. Court records allege Whitford then closed a folding knife.
The court document also states that one person was able to stab one of the tires of the vehicle that allegedly transported Whitford away from the scene, and officers were later able to find a vehicle matching a description, including a flat tire.