Three people are facing charges in connection with the March 4 murder of Richard Solwick in his West Broadway Street apartment.
Solwick, 41, was found bludgeoned to death after he didn't answer the door to his apartment at 937 W. Broadway when an acquaintance stopped by about 10:15 a.m. on March 4.
According to court records, investigators believe he was murdered sometime between midnight and 6 a.m., but they have declined to discuss the type of weapon used or a possible motive.
Keith E. Doyle, 36, and Cheren A. Day, 58, made initial appearances in Butte Justice Court Tuesday on charges of deliberate homicide or homicide by accountability. Justice of the Peace Bob Lee set bond at $250,000 each and appointed public defenders.
Bond was also set at $250,000 for Angelo Dean Maestas, 41, during his initial appearance in Cascade County Justice Court in Great Falls on a charge of deliberate homicide.
Butte-Silver Bow detectives believe Maestas will be transported to Butte in the next couple of days.
About 150 pieces of evidence removed from Solwick's house were sent to the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula.
"We asked that they look at certain pieces first," said Sheriff John Walsh. "We recently got results that confirmed what we were suspecting and it was enough that the county attorney could make a charge."
Day and Maestas were picked up on a 48-hour investigative hold shortly after the murder was discovered, but were released after the two days.
All three were arrested Monday. Day was apprehended after a detective spotted her walking down a street. Court records indicate her address is 433‡ W. Iron St., though she only gave a post office box when addressing Justice of the Peace Lee.
Doyle was arrested at a residence in Butte. Detectives were watching a house when Doyle emerged from the house next door, according to police reports. In court, Doyle said his address was 326 Granite Mountain Road.
Maestas was arrested at his Great Falls apartment.
A preliminary hearing for Day and Doyle was set for May 30. A preliminary hearing for Maestas will be set when he appears in front of a Butte judge.
Each of the suspects faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted.