A 10-day jury trial is set for a Belgrade man accused of killing his estranged wife and injuring her roommate in a January 2018 shooting.
Joseph Paul DeWise, 47, is scheduled to stand trial Dec. 2, for felony charges of deliberate homicide for the death of Lauren Walder DeWise and attempted homicide for the shooting of Ashley Van Hemert.
The new trial date comes after Gallatin County District Judge Holly Brown vacated a February jury trial to hear DeWise’s request for new attorneys. DeWise claimed his attorneys, Annie DeWolf and Alex Jacobi, weren’t spending enough time reviewing his case and failed to provide him with adequate legal advice.
Brown denied that request earlier this month, saying DeWise’s arguments didn’t warrant new counsel. A few days later, at the request of Jacobi and DeWolf, Brown reset the trial date for December and set deadlines to file motions.
DeWise also faces a separate charge of felony tampering with evidence for accusations he called his daughter from jail against a court order.
He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Gallatin County District Judge John Brown, who is presiding over the tampering charge, delayed a jury trial scheduled to start Monday because DeWise requested attorneys Jacobi and DeWolf be replaced in that case. John Brown said once a motion for new attorneys is filed, and DeWise’s attorneys have a chance to respond, he would set a hearing for DeWise’s request.
The deadline to file those motions is June 26. At attorney DeWolf’s request, John Brown ordered that all motions for DeWise’s new attorney request be filed as confidential to protect the strategy in the tampering case.
A jury trial date for the tampering charge has not been rescheduled.
DeWise remains at the Gallatin County jail on $1 million bond.