Bond reduction denied for Knowles in stabbing death of Meriwether

Posted at 4:06 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 18:06:09-04

A bond reduction has been denied for Joseph Edward Knowles, the Great Falls teenager accused in the stabbing death of Megan Meriwether during an alleged drug deal.

Knowles requested that his $100,000 bail be reduced to $50,000 so that he might bond out and live with family members.

His sister, 18-year old Cheyenne Knowles, testified on Joseph’s behalf saying he could live with her and she would be responsible for him.

Prosecutors said they were concerned about Cheyenne’s fiancée who is currently on probation.

They also said Joseph has had problems following the rules while on parole in other cases.

Judge Larson, who appeared via video from  Missoula, denied the request to lower Joseph’s bond.

Knowles is accused of the fatal stabbing of 18-year old Megan Meriwether last September.

Authorities say Knowles, who was 16 years old at the time, planned to rob Meriwether, after setting up a marijuana buy.

Court documents say Meriwether brought a knife to the meeting, and got into a struggle with 18-year old Brianna Coombs, who had arrived with Knowles.

Prosecutors say Knowles ended up with the knife and fatally stabbed Meriwether during the altercation.

The trial for Knowles is scheduled for October.


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