Firearms safety instructor charged with negligent homicide

Published 11-26-2018

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 62-year-old Helena man who is a firearms safety instructor is charged with negligent homicide in the shooting death of his hunting partner last month.

Gregg Robert Trude was ordered Monday to appear in court on Dec. 11. He also is charged with tampering with or fabricating evidence in the Oct. 21 death of Dr. Eugene "Buzz" Walton.

Walton, 48, was hit by a round discharged by a hunting rifle in a commercial parking lot. Officials have not said who owned the gun or who was handling it.

Trude is the executive director for Montana Right to Life. His Linkedin profile and a Legislative candidate survey say he is a firearms safety instructor. He lost in the Republican primary for a state House seat representing a district south of Helena.

A phone listing for Trude could not be located.

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