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Negligent homicide trial begins for 2013 hit-and-run death in Absarokee

Posted at 3:00 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 17:00:00-05

GLENDIVE - Jury selection got underway this week for the man accused of running over and killing a 27-year-old Absarokee man almost seven years ago.

Michael Holtz is charged with negligent homicide in the death of Forest Dana in 2013during the annual Absarokee Days celebration.

The case has a long history after initial charges were filed then dropped, then re-filed again.

The trial was moved from Columbus to Glendive because the defense successfully argued Holtz could not get a fair trial in Stillwater County.

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