Boyfriend Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Missing Kalispell Woman

Cody Wayne Johnston is accused of killing Nicole Waller in February 2013

By Tristan Scott

SIDNEY — An eastern Montana man has denied allegations that he killed his former girlfriend in February 2013 and hid her body.

Officials in Richland County say 36-year-old Cody Wayne Johnston of Fairview pleaded not guilty Tuesday to deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence in the suspected death of 31-year-old Nicole Waller of Kalispell. Her body has not been found.

District Judge Greg Pinski of Great Falls is overseeing the case and appeared via video for Johnston’s arraignment.

Johnston remains jailed in Sidney with his bail set at $250,000.

Court records said investigators learned that Johnston and Waller had argued, he lied about where he was the morning she went missing and he had someone help him move her vehicle. Prosecutors say he texted another girlfriend and told her that Waller left and was gone for good.

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