BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Prosecutors in northeastern Montana have dismissed a deliberate homicide charge filed against a North Dakota man in the death of his brother this fall.
The Billings Gazette reports Valley County investigators have determined it was unlikely John Ersness of Sawyer, North Dakota, killed 62-year-old Corwin Ersness at his residence on Fort Peck Lake on Sept. 27.
John Ersness was arrested shortly after his brother's body was found by officers responding to a call from Corwin Erness. Corwin said he was concerned that his brother was in the area. Officers found evidence of an altercation at Corwin's house.
However, Sheriff Vernon Buerkle said a search of John Ersness' vehicle and a partial autopsy don't support the homicide charge.
Buerkle says Corwin Ersness' cause of death is still being determined.