Jonathan Meyer

Jonathan Meyer

Defense attorneys for a man accused of attempted homicide in a stabbing in Bozeman earlier this year are seeking to toss out evidence collected in the case, including statements he made to police.

The requests came in motions filed late last month on behalf of 20-year-old Jonathan Meyer, who is charged with attempted deliberate homicide for reportedly stabbing a man who was seeing Meyer’s ex-girlfriend.

Meyer was arrested days after the stabbing that severely injured the man on the night of Jan. 19.

The victim told Bozeman police when he got out of his car on the 3300 block of Warbler Way at about 10:35 p.m., he was approached by a man wearing dark clothing who stabbed him after asking him for the time, according to charging documents.

The victim told police he believed Meyer was the assailant as the victim had been sexually involved with Meyer’s ex-girlfriend.

Police say that Meyer’s ex-girlfriend reported that Meyer admitted to her that he had previously followed the man to his house and, on that night, waited in his car outside before stabbing the man.

During the investigation, police searched Meyer’s phone, finding YouTube searches for videos of muggings and robberies, as well as internet searches for “how to get blood stains off of a knife” and “catch a cheater/spy/tracker apps,” court documents say.

Meyer’s defense attorneys are seeking to suppress evidence Bozeman police collected with a number of warrants, claiming that the warrants were unconstitutional.

In motions filed by Diana Copeland and Buddy Rutzke, the defense said that police used an “incredibly and unlawfully broad” warrant application to “go on a fishing expedition” through Meyer’s phone.

Because the warrant was so broad, investigators seized an “immense” amount of information that had no connection to the investigation. That includes names and contact information, web history from more than six months prior, audio files dating back to 2015 and photos from 2014.

The defense also argued that information police used to get the warrants signed by the judge was “tainted” by improper information and, if it weren’t included, would give the judge no probable cause to issue the warrant.

The defense is also seeking to suppress statements Meyer made to police as part of the investigation.

Charging documents say that he was interviewed outside of his house the day after the stabbing, but was reluctant to allow the detective to look at his cellphone and refused to give a DNA swab.

In a second interview, Meyer denied stabbing the man, documents say.

When a detective asked Meyer if he could look at his chest for any marks or bruising, explaining that the victim reported he had kicked his attacker in the chest, Meyer reportedly made a spontaneous comment that he knew the suspect was brought to his knees by the kick.

When showed a photo of the Honda Accord police saw near the stabbing scene, Meyer said, “does look like me,” court documents say.

Details on the defense’s arguments for suppressing Meyer’s statements are not known because the motion is sealed.

The Gallatin County Attorney’s office has not filed its responses to the defense’s requests.

Meyer is scheduled to go to trial for five days starting Jan. 28 in Gallatin County District Court Judge Rienne McElyea’s courtroom.

Meyer remains in the Gallatin County jail on $500,000 bond.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2648. Follow her on Twitter @wabermes. {span} {/span}

Whitney Bermes is the city editor and covers cops and courts for the Chronicle.

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