A 19-year-old woman accused of lying to authorities during an investigation into a Helena shooting death is back in jail after she didn't show up for her trial. She also faces new drug charges.
Asia Demetria Lee was scheduled to appear for her trial on a felony charge of obstructing justice on Monday. She skipped the hearing.
On Thursday, she appeared on a new charge of bail jumping for not appearing for trial. Lee also is jailed on two new felony charges for drug possession for allegedly having methamphetamine and heroin.
Court documents allege when police apprehended Lee on the bail jumping warrant Wednesday they found a meth pipe with residue and coin purse containing heroin.
For the three charges, her new bail amount is $30,000.
Lee pleaded not guilty to the obstructing charge in November.
Prosecutors say she repeatedly lied about being with the suspect, victim and a witness just prior to the shooting. Court documents state Lee said she considered the suspect a friend and was "scared for him" when she provided false information to investigators.
Meanwhile, the trial for the murder suspect, Austin Lee Kroll-McLaughlin, has been delayed again and is now scheduled to start May 15.
Kroll-McLaughlin is accused of causing the death of 20-year-old Ryan William Eakin when his gun discharged as he pistol-whipped another man July 7.
Kroll-McLaughlin, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, faces a felony charge of deliberate homicide. He has been in jail since July.
Court documents say Eakin was upset with the witness, who he accused of talking about him. Eakin picked up the witness in his car, which also contained Kroll-McLaughlin, and the three went to the Bozeman Avenue area to talk. The witness said he was then "taken out of the car."
He said he had his back to a wall and Eakin was leaning next to the car when Kroll-McLaughlin struck him with something in the left cheek, court records said. Simultaneously, he heard a gun go off and saw Eakin make a move like he was ducking.
The witness said Kroll-McLaughlin continued to pursue him and challenged him to fight, and he saw a gun in Kroll-McLaughlin's hand. He said Kroll-McLaughlin asked Eakin for help and then looked away, giving him a chance to run away, court records said.
Kroll-McLaughlin is charged with deliberate homicide under the felony murder rule, which alleges he was committing felony assault with a weapon when he caused Eakin's death.