The 52-year-old man who allegedly threatened his wife and stepdaughter with a hatchet while camping at Kreis Pond in July pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony charges and three misdemeanor charges filed against him Tuesday.
David Paul Allen is in the Missoula County jail pending $50,000 bail. On Tuesday, he was arraigned before Missoula County District Judge Robert "Dusty" Deschamps.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Deputy County Attorney Mac Bloom, Allen was extremely intoxicated when he opened his wife's tent at the campsite and shot bear spray at the woman, identified as Jane Doe I. Two other campers in the tent were also hit with the spray.
Awakened by the commotion, the woman's daughter, Jane Doe II, unzipped her tent and realized her stepfather was hiding from her. As she walked around a vehicle, Allen allegedly jumped out from behind the car and grabbed a hatchet, striking the car repeatedly with the tool.
He then allegedly swung the hatchet at the alleged victim, while saying, "I'm going to chop her (expletive) head off" and "Everybody's going to get a taste of this."
According to witnesses, Allen also made a series of other threats, including "There's going to be blood tonight."
Jane Doe II said she was fearful Allen was going to kill her mother, so she ran to another campsite and reported the incident to people there. According to the report, she asked those campers if they had a gun, because her stepfather was attempting to kill her mother.
Missoula County sheriff's deputies responded to the campground about 1:30 a.m. Friday, and interviewed the campers involved, including the wife and stepdaughter.
They also interviewed Allen, who allegedly smelled of alcohol and denied threatening anyone with a hatchet. He also said he "slid" on the ground, causing the bear spray to go off inside the tent.
"He described the whole thing as a 'misunderstanding,' " the affidavit stated. "Defendant did, however, admit to striking the vehicle."