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Browning Man Accused of Murdering Wife with Truck to Stand Trial This Fall

Thomas Edward Mancha’s trial will begin on October 10

The 60-year-old Browning man accused of murdering his wife by running her over with his truck is expected to stand trial this fall.

According to court documents, Thomas Edward Mancha’s trial will begin on October 10. The trial was originally set for this summer but was rescheduled due to a lengthy competency evaluation.

Mancha pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Feb. 7.

According to court records, another Glacier County man agreed to meet Mancha at a location called Camp Disappointment, east of Browning, where there is a monument commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition. When the man arrived, he found Mancha holding his wife Charlene by the hair. According to the witness, Charlene cried for help before Mancha got into his four-door pickup truck and ran her over twice.

The witness got in his car and drove away to call police. Mancha followed him but eventually turned off U.S. Highway 2 at a location near Blackfoot. After turning off U.S. 2, Mancha drove his vehicle into the path of an oncoming train in an apparent suicide attempt, records state. Mancha survived his injuries and was treated at a Great Falls hospital where he was discharged and arrested three weeks later.

If convicted, Mancha faces life in prison. Mancha is expected to stand trial later this year.