BUTTE, Mont. — A trial is underway for a Texas man charged in a triple shooting in Montana that left one man dead last year.

The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/2ck6lRY ) that opening statements in Tony Dwade Sawyer’s trial began Monday. The 48-year-old man is charged with deliberate homicide and attempted deliberate homicide in connection with the Nov. 3 shootings.

Prosecutors argued that Sawyer made a conscious decision to kill 37-year-old Joe Powers, of Whitehall, when he shot him in the back and wound two other men near Butte.

But Sawyer’s attorney, Ed Sheehy, told jurors his client was “in fear of his life” and justified in shooting the men.

The trial will continue Tuesday with testimony from Jefferson and Butte-Silver Bow County law enforcement officers.


Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com