Posted: Aug 28, 2013 10:24 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
THOMPSON FALLS - The murder trial for a Missoula man accused of attacking and killing a Dixon man last winter won't be happening, with the possibility he may change his plea in a few weeks.
Nathan Lee Calvert had been charged stabbing Doug Morigeau 54 times and slitting his wife's throat when he forced his way into their Dixon home last fall.
Prosecutors had said Calvert was high on a synthetic marijuana drug "Spice" when he attacked the pair on December 6th in a vicious crime that shocked their friends and neighbors. In interviews with investigators Calvert reportedly admitted he's been using the drug for at least a ten day stretch before the attack.
Initially Calvert's attorney had planned to use insanity as Calvert's defense when the trial was scheduled to open on September 16th in Sanders County District Court.
Prosecutors had previously stated that they would not be seeking the death penalty in the case.
But now it looks like none of that will happen.
Monday, Judge Kim Christopher signed an order vacating the trial date and scheduling a new hearing, this one for a change of plea on September 17th. However, no one is saying whether a specific plea offer is in the works.
The county attorney's office would be the one to extend a plea offer, but according to reports, there's "no comment" on whether a deal is being drawn up, or whether any information will be available before the next trial date. So things may remain unknown until September 17th, on how this case is going to turn out.