William Fredrick Bailey first appearance

William Fredrick Bailey makes his first appearance in Justice Court with defense attorney Brigitte Carneal on Friday morning.

A five-day jury trial has been scheduled for a man accused of fatally shooting his female roommate in April, and prosecutors said they won’t seek the death penalty in the case.

William Frederick Bailey, 56, is scheduled to stand trial for deliberate homicide beginning on March 30. Bailey is being held at the Gallatin County jail on $1 million bail.

If convicted, Bailey could face 100 years to life in prison. There is also the possibility of an additional 10 years because he used a gun.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert, the prosecutor in the case, had previously said he would seek the death penalty because Bailey was “lying in wait for ambush” for the woman. Lambert, however, filed a notice in Gallatin County District Court last month saying he is no longer seeking the death penalty against Bailey.

Bailey is accused of shooting Cynthia Carol Wills, 59, of Bozeman after he became upset that she was allegedly spending time with another man, according to court documents.

Police said in court documents that Bailey argued with Wills and asked her to move out of his house. Before leaving, Wills told Bailey she was going to “have someone visit him.”

Bailey grabbed a gun from his room because he said he felt threatened, police said. He then threw Wills’ belongings onto the driveway.

Wills came back and threw something at the door. Police said Bailey then opened the door and fired two shots at Wills, knocking her to the ground. She was taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital where she died during surgery the following morning.

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

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

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