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Judge: Man fit to stand trial in Bozeman shooting casePosted on April 11

Judge: Man fit to stand trial in Bozeman shooting casePosted on April 11

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BOZEMAN - A District Court judge has decided a man charged with attempted murder in a shooting south of Bozeman last year is fit to stand trial.

District Judge John Brown set a May 6 trial date for Christopher W. Wagner, 34. He is charged for a Jan. 17, 2007 shootout with Michael Peters, 34, of Bozeman.

Peters said he was driving away from his house that day when a man stopped him, pointed a handgun at him and attempted to get into Peters' truck. Peters pulled a handgun from his pocket and fired three shots at the man, hitting him in the chest, court records said.

The man shot back three times, hitting Peters in the chest, and than ran into the woods, sparking an eight-day manhunt.

Wagner was arrested at a house in Greybull, Wyo. He remains jailed on $750,000 bail.

Peters has said the shooting was over a former girlfriend of both men.

The trial was delayed in January after Judge Brown decided that Wagner's mental condition hindered his ability to assist in his defense. Wagner was treated at the state mental hospital in Warm Springs and therapists say he is now mentally fit to stand trial.

"I think the judge made a good decision when he ordered him to get treatment," said Wagner's public defender Mary Kramer. "We want to go to trial."

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