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Helena man charged with attempted homicide

Michael Coleman of Helena made his initial appearance Friday in Lewis & Clark County Justice Court
Posted at 6:21 PM, Jul 05, 2024

HELENA — Michael Coleman of Helena made his initial appearance Friday in Lewis & Clark County Justice Court, after being charged with attempted deliberate homicide.

Court documents say Coleman was seen on video surveillance outside the home of someone he knew after midnight on June 2, carrying a large knife and trying to find a way inside.

The resident then informed the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say witnesses told them Coleman had previously made threats to kill people, and that they feared what would have happened if he got inside the house.

Prosecutors said it appears Coleman had wanted to emulate a serial killer in a fictional TV series.

According to court documents, during a search of his home on June 14, officers found several knives and scalpel blades.

Justice of the Peace Mike Swingley set Coleman’s bail at $75,000.