Whitefish stabbing victim died Sunday, wife out on bond


WHITEFISH, Mont. - Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry confirmed that Chad Newton died Sunday at 4:50 p.m. He was taken off life support on Saturday, after the court gave Newton's father the authority to make all medical decisions, including taking him off life support.

AnnMari Newton posted $25,000 bond last week after she pleaded not guilty to charges of felony assault with a weapon. The charges could change now that Chad Newton has died.

NBC Montana wanted to know more about what's next for AnnMari Newton, so we straight to the prosecuting attorney for answers.

"It will be a homicide-type charge. There are different levels of that. There's deliberate homicide, mitigated deliberate homicide and negligent homicide. It will be one of those three, although I'm not sure at this point which," said Travis Ahner.

The county attorney said his office will make a decision on possible new charges later this week.

According to Whitefish police, the Newtons' children are still in the custody of their neighbor.

Police Chief Bill Dial said AnnMari Newton has no restrictions from seeing her children, but according to the conditions of her release she is not allowed to speak to witnesses.   

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