HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A Havre woman has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide based on accusations that she intentionally drove head-on into another car, killing the driver, 73-year-old Loretta Park of Havre.
Jolee Lyn Landgraf, 29, appeared via Zoom from the Hill County Detention Center for her arraignment on Tuesday.
The crash occurred at around noon on January 18th at mile marker 387 on US Highway 2, when Landgraf’s eastbound Dodge Dakota struck Park’s westbound Honda Accord head-on.
Park was wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene of blunt force trauma to the head. Landgraf was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from her vehicle. She was transported to Northern Montana Hospital for treatment and was subsequently flown to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls.
Landgraf was originally scheduled to be arraigned on March 29th, but County Attorney Karen Alley said Landgraf was unavailable due to an appointment for a non-elective emergency surgery.
The arraignment was rescheduled for April 19th, but was then moved to March 30th after the defense filed an emergency motion in an attempt to allow Landgraf to have a GPS monitoring device removed so she could get life saving surgery on her leg in Salt Lake City.
Before Tuesday’s arraignment concluded, Judge Kaydee Snipes-Ruiz ruled that the GPS monitoring device would only have to be on one leg and could be removed while she was getting medical treatment.
Then, on Thursday, County Attorney Karen Alley filed a notice to the Court stating that Landgraf could have the GPS monitoring device removed because she would be able to get the surgery within Montana and could remain in custody.
As of late Thursday afternoon, the Court had yet to rule on Alley’s motion.
No future court dates have been set.