Linda Christianson facing murder charge for death of Steven Fletcher

Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 15:13:26-04

Officers with the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office served an arrest warrant to Linda Christianson for the death of Steven Fletcher.

The warrant is for charges of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence related to the Fletcher’s death.

A press release from the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office says that Christianson was arrested in Ravalli County.

Fletcher was found dead at his home at 5405 Lower River Road on Sunday, March 5th.

Officers responded to the home for a report of a suicide at about 4:47 p.m.

During the initial stages of the investigation, Deputies felt that the death was not a suicide and deemed the scene and circumstances suspicious. 

The initial investigation shows that Fletcher may have been stabbed.

No other details of the charges have been released at this point.

We will update you as we get more information.

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(MARCH 9, 2017) Linda Christianson appeared in court in Great Falls on Thursday for allegedly violating conditions of probation.

Christianson is on probation for a conviction in Ravalli County on a charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Christianson, 39 years old, was arrested on Sunday at 5405 Lower River Road – the same location where the body of Steven Fletcher was found.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office says that Fletcher died from stab wounds, and said on Monday that the case is considered a possible homicide.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Fletcher’s death.

As of Thursday afternoon, no charges have been filed against Christianson or anyone else in connection with Fletcher’s death.

During her Thursday court appearance, prosecutors said that Christianson violated terms of her probation by admitting to using alcohol and marijuana.

A breathalyzer sample of Christianson when she was arrested yielded a result of .158.

Judge Elizabeth Best believes that Christianson could be a flight risk, and ordered that bond be set at $25,000.

Christianson was also charged with attempted arson in November 2015 after she allegedly poured "FancyHeat" on the hallway floor of the Lower River Road residence, and then poured the substance on a shirt and lit it on fire.

Charges in that case were dismissed, but we do not know why.

Court documents in that case state that Christianson has convictions for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal contempt.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help the Fletcher family.

The page states: "On Saturday march 5th we lost someone special to us. He left behind 3 sons, a daughter and a grandson. We are trying to raise money for funeral costs and to help with things his children may need. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much."

Click here if you would like to help.

We will update you as we get more information.