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(AP)BILLINGS - A 25-year-old woman was charged Monday with murder in the knife slaying of 59-year-old George Johnson Jr.

Another woman in the trailer house when Johnson's body was found was released from jail. Irene Brant, 41, had been held since Friday but was not charged.

Laura Annette Winter also was arrested late Friday in a shelter, but police did not disclose her arrest until Monday, when she was charged in Justice Court with Johnson's death.

Justice of the Peace Larry Herman set bail at $150,000 and ordered her to appear for arraignment in District Court Wednesday. Prosecutors said she was from Libby.

Johnson, described as disabled, was stabbed three times, authorities said.

Police investigating a report of an assault found his body about 6:30 a.m. Friday. Brant was arrested at the scene and initially was identified by police as the only suspect.

However, court documents filed Monday said Brant told investigators she was in another room of the trailer when she heard Johnson and Winter arguing. Police said they believe the women were staying at Johnson's trailer house, but the relationship between the three remained unclear.

According to an affidavit filed by prosecutors, Brant initially told police detectives that she went to her room Friday morning while Johnson and Winter remained in the living room. Brant said she returned to the living room a short time later and saw Johnson on the kitchen floor and Winter gone.

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