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A 10-day trial is scheduled to start Monday for a Belgrade man accused of killing his estranged wife and injuring her roommate in a January 2018 shooting.

Joseph Paul DeWise, 47, is charged with deliberate homicide for the death of Lauren Walder DeWise and attempted homicide for the shooting of Ashley Van Hemert. DeWise’s trial is in Gallatin County District Court before Judge Holly Brown.

Monday will likely be dedicated to narrowing down some 120 potential jurors to hear evidence in the case.

In January 2018, DeWise was arrested after Lauren and Van Hemert were found shot in a Belgrade home, according to charging documents.

DeWise denied involvement in the shooting, claiming that he was home with his children on the night of the incident, according to court documents.

Police said in charging documents that DeWise’s son said that he had gone with his dad to the home and was downstairs when DeWise shot the two women.

DeWise has been held on $1 million bail at the Gallatin County jail since January 2018.

Since his arrest, DeWise has been charged with two new felonies. He faces a separate charge of felony tampering with evidence for calling his daughter from jail against a court order. He also faces a separate felony assault on a peace officer charge that accuses him of punching a detention center officer in the face.

DeWise has pleaded not guilty in all cases. If convicted, DeWise could face up to life in prison.

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