A Wyola woman this week denied second degree murder charges stemming from a November 2016 incident.
Vernelle Lynn Badbear, 35, pleaded not guilty to an indictment during an arraignment on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Billings.
The indictment accuses Badbear of killing a person identified as F.B. with malice aforethought on Nov. 4, 2016, at mile marker 4 on U.S. Highway 451 near Wyola, on the Crow Reservation.
Badbear previously was charged in Crow Tribal Court in November 2016 with deliberate homicide in the death of Freman Bends, 38.
Bends’ body was found in mid-November 2016 about four miles south of his home in Benteen. The Big Horn County coroner said Bends died on Nov. 3.
If convicted in federal court, Badbear faces a maximum life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan ordered Badbear to remain in custody. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.