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Red Lodge man arraigned in shooting and dragging of homeless man

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RED LODGE, Mont. -

A Red Lodge man has pleaded not guilty to "Deliberate Homicide" charges related to the murder of James McGregor last week.

McGregor was reported missing February 19th. On February 21st, McGregor's body was located at Bear Track. He had been shot and his body dragged along the roadway. 

Thomas Schifferns was identified as a suspect and arrested the following day. 

During Wednesday's hearing, prosecutors stated they expected to file additional charges in the near future.

Judge Blair Jones set bond at $1,000,000. Schifferns is being treated as a flight risk. Prosecutors believe that Schifferns would have left the state had the truck not become stuck in the snow.

According to court documents, a friend who picked Schifferns up on February 19th told investigators that Schifferns had asked her to drive him to Texas.  

Investigators located Mcgregor's body after finding a blood trail from his truck 100 yards away.

Members of the community tell said they are shocked at the nature of the crime and would of never guessed it could happen here.

Just ask Dick Forehand, owner of Basecamp Images. 

"People were looking for this guy, the victim because it was so strange for him to be out of sight," said Forehand. "Well, I'm just amazed. I couldn't believe it happened. The first week, we really didn't know what the details were because he killed way before he was even found. So, it just took everybody by surprised as to what happened."

In addition to the high bond, if released from jail, Schifferns will have to wear a GPS monitor and abide by a 9:00 PM curfew. He is also not allowed to have weapons or firearms.

Schifferns is also ordered not to have direct contact with witnesses in the case; this includes his common-law wife who initially reported McGregor missing.

Schifferns attorney argued for limited contact with the wife to maintain normalcy. He also stated that Schifferns suffers from depression.

For more on this story: Missing Red Lodge man murdered for being "disrespectful" and "homeless" 

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