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Jan 23, 2013 12:50 PM by Angela Douglas - Q2 News

Billings homicide suspect confesses to robbery and kidnapping

BILLINGS - New details are emerging in the homicide investigation underway in Billings.

James Walker, 33, of Billings and Simon Jacobson, 28, have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and death of Dejuan Laster, 29, of Illinois.

The victim, a former Billings resident, was in town visiting family.

Walker is currently behind bars in Yellowstone County on the felony charges of aggravated kidnapping and robbery.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, on Saturday Walker confessed to investigators that he participated in a robbery and kidnapping at the Extended Stay Hotel.

He said he and his associate had a plan to steal money from Laster.

At that time the defendant denied knowing the victim's whereabouts.

Laster's body was found northeast of Billings near Shepherd on Sunday.

According to court documents, the Billings Police Department received a phone call Thursday morning from a woman, A.L., who identified herself as Laster's girlfriend.

A.L. told police that she and Laster were staying together at the Extended Stay Hotel while in Billings. A.L. stated that at around midnight she received a call from the front desk of the hotel stating someone had been outside tampering with some vehicles. Laster left the room to check on their car.

While Laster was gone, A.L. said two unknown men entered the room, began shouting at her and tied her hands behind her back.

She said the two men questioned her for a long time and then took her into another room.

A few minutes later, A.L. said she heard Laster screaming for help. He was yelling that one of the men ha a gun and that one of the men had captured him.

She said they were taken to two separate vehicles in the parking lot of the hotel. A.L. was eventually released.

Hotel surveillance video confirmed much of what A.L. had told them.

Walker is expected to make his first court appearance sometime this week.

Simon Jacobson was arrested in Colorado.

He's in the Denver jail, pending his extradition back to Montana.

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