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Man Found Dead in Dillon, Suspect Arrested

Sandy Moore, 19, of Dillon was charged Tuesday with deliberate homicide

DILLON — A 49-year-old man was found dead at a residence in Dillon over the weekend and a woman is charged with deliberate homicide, officials said.

Larry Coon was found Saturday after Dillon police were asked to do a welfare check, ABC Fox Montana reported. Officials have not released his cause of death.

Sandy Moore, 19, of Dillon was charged Tuesday with deliberate homicide, Deputy Beaverhead County Attorney Russell Michaels said. Justice of the Peace Candy Horning set her bail at $200,000. Her preliminary hearing in District Court is set for Feb. 13.

Public defender Walter Hennessy of Butte represented Moore during her initial appearance, Michaels said. Hennessy did not immediately return a phone message The Associated Press left at the public defender’s office in Butte seeking comment on Moore’s behalf.

Christine Vanduine, 23, and Kerry “Sam” Johnson, 56, also of Dillon, are charged with obstruction of justice. Bail was set at $100,000 each, but Vanduine is on probation in a methamphetamine possession case and Michaels said the state Department of Justice is holding her on a separate $100,000 bail. Vanduine and Johnson were applying for public defenders and did not yet have attorneys, Michaels said.

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation was asked to help with the investigation into Coon’s death.