Prosecutor: Man Confessed to Killing Deer Lodge Woman, Son

David Wayne Nelson is being held as a "person of interest" in death of mother and son in Deer Lodge

By Justin Franz

DEER LODGE — A prosecutor says a handyman confessed to killing a Deer Lodge woman and her adult son, then told authorities where he left their bodies.

Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright says in court documents that 53-year-old David Wayne Nelson also sold 17 silver bars that he stole from the son, 57-year-old Gregory Giannonatti, for more than $26,000.

Nelson is being held as a “person of interest” in the deaths of Giannonatti and his 79-year-old mother, Beverly Giannonatti.

Two bodies, suspected to be the Giannonattis’, were recovered Sunday night from a dump site on private land in Powell County.

Nelson has not been charged in their deaths.

Nelson was on probation for a 1998 kidnapping and robbery in Ravalli County.

Fulbright filed a court petition Thursday that alleges Nelson violated his probation by killing the Giannonattis.