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Billings Man Charged with Homicide Released

Yellowstone Co. Detention Center

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings man charged with fatally shooting his wife’s friend while she was on the phone with a dispatcher reporting a domestic disturbance has been released from jail on $450,000 bond.

The Billings Gazette reports that authorities released 28-year-old Richard Douglas Reinert on Friday from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Reinert pleaded not guilty Jan. 6 to deliberate homicide in the Dec. 21 shooting death of Jessica Stephenson of Joliet.

Conditions for Reinert’s release include that he be monitored by GPS and doesn’t leave the state without written permission. He also has a 10 p.m. curfew and can’t contact witnesses.

Authorities say Stephenson called 911 after helping her friend get Reinert home from a bar and Reinert pointed a gun at himself.

Gunshots could be heard during the call.

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