Posted: Apr 10, 2013 4:51 PM by Tara Oster - MTN News
WHITEFISH - A Whitefish woman will not be charged after shooting her boyfriend to death in February.
Citing a lack of physical evidence or eyewitness testimony to refute Katherine Lanegan's claim that she was violently attacked by Ordean Engerbretson, Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan will not charge Lanegan.
Lanegan was initially taken into custody after a night of drinking led to Lanegan shooting Engerbretson to death during the course of a domestic argument.
In a statement released Wednesday, Corrigan says that Lanegan had a viable claim of self-defense which would prevail if the matter went to trial.
"Given her description of those assaults, we lack the evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that her fear Engerbretson was going to kill her was not reasonable. In short, we lack the evidence necessary to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that her action that night was not justified," Corrigan said.