Woman Involved in Flathead River Homicide Released

Heather Meeker has pleaded not guilty to felony tampering with evidence

The 25-year-old woman who prosecutors say was involved with the murder of a Kalispell-area man has been released on her own recognizance pending trial.

Heather Meeker has pleaded not guilty to felony tampering with evidence and is expected to stand trial in August.

According to court documents, Meeker’s partner, Cecil Thomas Rice, pushed another man, 34-year-old Andrew Walthers, off a bridge in Evergreen after Walthers made a comment about the woman. After leaving the scene of the crime, Meeker allegedly found a backpack she believed belonged to Walthers and threw it out the window of a moving vehicle. Rice has been charged with deliberate homicide.

According to court documents, Meeker will have to remain law abiding, comply with random drug testing and have no contact with any witnesses involved with the case. She will also not be able to move without informing the court first.

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