Joseph Paul DeWise

Joseph Paul DeWise, 47, is shown in Gallatin County District Court in April 2018.

A Belgrade homicide suspect pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges that accuse him of punching a Gallatin County Detention Center officer in the face.

Joseph Paul DeWise, 47, is charged with felony assault on a peace officer. He appeared in Gallatin County District Court before Judge Holly Brown.

DeWise is being held at the Gallatin County jail on $150,000 bail to run consecutively with $1 million bail from separate cases.

DeWise faces charges of felony deliberate homicide for the 2018 death of Lauren Walder DeWise and attempted homicide for the shooting of Ashley Van Hemert. He also faces a separate charge of felony tampering with evidence for accusations he called his daughter from jail against a court order.

DeWise has pleaded not guilty to the homicide and tampering charges.

In July, a detention center officer reported that DeWise was angry because nobody woke him up for medication, according to charging documents. The officer said DeWise then pushed him and punched him.

Police said in charging documents that video shows DeWise pushes the officer. The officer then tries to push DeWise out of the doorway of the holding area before DeWise hits him in the face. Five officers then restrain and take DeWise to a separate part of the jail.

DeWise is scheduled to stand trial for the homicide charges in December.

A jury trial for the tampering charge has not been scheduled because DeWise requested his attorneys in that case be replaced. Gallatin County District Judge John Brown, who is presiding over the tampering case, has said he would set a hearing for DeWise’s request.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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