The third suspect in last week’s double murder at a home in the Helena Valley made his first appearance in court Monday.
Journey Ryder John Wieneke is charged with two counts of deliberate homicide, tampering with evidence, burglary and theft. His bond was set at $500,000.
The bodies of David and Charla Taylor were found in their home on Cayuse Road last week. Their son, Kaleb David Taylor, and another man, Kyle Alexander Hamm, have also been arrested in connection with the crime.
Prosecutors say Kaleb Taylor, along with Wieneke, Hamm and a fourth man, burglarized his parents’ business, Lincoln Road RV Park, on March 10. They believe the Taylors confronted their son about the crime.
Hamm allegedly told investigators he stood outside the victims’ home on the night of the murder, while Taylor and Wieneke went inside.
According to court documents, security video from a nearby car wash shows the three men washing Kaleb Taylor’s truck after the murder. Prosecutors say Wieneke also washed his feet and a long bar investigators believe may have been the murder weapon.
Also on Monday, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office announced that they had located a person of interest in the case. They said Andrew Nam Duncan was arrested at a Helena residence Sunday night. He is being held on a petition to revoke and a warrant for felony theft charges. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge for criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
The sheriff’s office announced Duncan was a person of interest last week, but he has not been named a suspect in the murders.
Duncan did not appear in court Monday. Two other people, Kevin Matthew Finley and Deeanna Petersen Wright, did appear, on charges that they helped hide Duncan from law enforcement, knowing that he had a warrant for his arrest. Both were charged with felony obstruction of justice.
(MARCH 23, 2018) A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a double murder in a Helena Valley subdivision.
Kyle Alexander Hamm was arrested and is scheduled to be seen in Justice Court on Friday on charges of deliberate homicide, tampering with evidence, possession of dangerous drugs, and burglary.
The bodies of David and Charla Taylor were found in their home on the 1300 block of Cayuse Road just before 10 p.m. on Monday.
A preliminary autopsy report found the couple had died from multiple blunt and sharp force trauma.
Police arrested their 20-year old son Kaleb Taylor and charged him with two counts of deliberate homicide. Court documents say Taylor confessed to the killings when questioned by police.
The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office named a second person of interested, Andrew Nam Duncan, on Wednesday night, but hadn’t identified Hamm until Friday morning.
Sheriff Dutton says Hamm was arrested around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Investigators have had limited contact with Duncan and continue to search for him.
Sheriff Dutton did not detail what involvement Hamm is suspected of having in the murder.
Kaleb Taylor is currently being held in the Lewis & Clark County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.