KALISPELL, Mont. - Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan tells us that his office will not be filing charges against Kyle Wesley Puckett related to an attack on Friday, February 7 that left Scotty Lamar in critical condition at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Corrigan says that when Puckett was arrested he told investigators that Lamar had attacked him from behind with a knife and that Puckett had reacted in self defense.
The incident was captured in surveillance video from two neighboring businesses and Corrigan says that video, along with other physical evidence collected at the scene, appears to corroborate Puckett's claims.
Corrigan says that the County Attorney's office will hold off on filing any charges in the case at the moment, but he indicated that the investigation is ongoing and that security camera footage will be enhanced by the FBI crime lab and reviewed.
Puckett is no longer being held in connection with this case, but during the course of the investigation Puckett admitted to smoking marijuana and having someone purchase alcohol for him. Both are violations of a conditional release in a previous case, so Puckett remains in custody after a warrant was served for the revocation of his release.
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