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Accused Killer Appears in Court

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A Billings man, accused of shooting a Lockwood man to death, appeared in court on Monday.

Evidence indicated it could have been a crime of passion. Twenty-seven year-old Martin Pond was formally charged in Justice Court with Deliberate Homicide and Tampering with Evidence. His bond is set at $500,000. The judge scheduled his next court appearance for January 17th. The prosecutor told Judge David Carter, Pond was arguing with his wife by text message, because she was with another man.

In the early morning hours of January 3rd, dispatchers received complaints of gunfire on Wasco Avenue in Lockwood. When sheriff's deputies arrived, they located 52-year-old Allen Alderman's body in his yard. Authorities said it appeared Alderman died of gunshot wounds. Pond was the sheriff's office prime suspect, and he turned himself in Saturday night.

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said a second suspect who was possibly involved in the homicide was taken into custody on Monday. The suspect is 42-year-old Cody Mack. Mack was apprehended by U.S. Marshals. Mack has been charged with obstruction and tampering with evidence. His bond is set at $25,000.