Jan 23, 2014 3:20 PM by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News
BILLINGS - Four suspects who authorities allege were involved in a Lockwood murder earlier this month pleaded not guilty Thursday.
Martin Jon Pond Jr., Cody Julian Mack Jr., Katrina Elysha Edens, and Calvin Julian Mack were arraigned in Yellowstone County District Court.
Pond, 27, faces the most severe charges in the case, with felony counts of deliberate homicide, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and intimidation.
Court documents state Pond shot and killed Allen Douglas Alderman, 52, at his Lockwood home on Jan. 3.
Authorities say Alderman died as a result of internal bleeding due to gunshot wounds. Four distinct bullet wounds were discovered on his body.
The documents state Pond's ex-wife was at Alderman's home at the time of the shooting. After sending her threatening text messages, Pond arrived at the home to "settle things," the records state.
Alderman's neighbor on Wasco Avenue called 911 around 4 a.m. to report gunshots.
Pond appeared for arraignment by video from the county jail. His bond was set at $500,000.
Cody Mack Jr. also appeared by video. He pleaded not guilty to felony charges of obstructing justice and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
His bond was set at $20,000.
A court document filed by Deputy County Attorney Julie Mees states Cody Mack Jr. drove Pond to Alderman's home.
Authorities allege Mack also helped Pond wash his blood-stained clothes after the fatal shooting.
Prosecutors also believe Mack's girlfriend, 32-year-old Katrina Elysha Edens, was present when Pond was driven to Alderman's home.
She was also arraigned Thursday and pleaded not guilty one felony charge of obstructing justice by accountability. Her bond was set at $5,000.
Prosecutors allege Calvin Julian Mack, the son of Cody Julian Mack Jr., is also involved in the case. He faces one felony count of obstructing justice by accountability and pleaded not guilty Thursday. Calvin Mack is currently out on bond.
Calvin Mack initially told investigators he was not present when his father and Edens dropped Pond off at Alderman's house. He later changed that story, according to court records.
Following the homicide, Pond fled the area in Calvin Mack's 2002 Honda minivan.
On Jan. 4, a deputy with the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office located the minivan near a home in Molt. The keys were in the ignition and Pond's wallet was found near the van.
That same day, dispatchers received a call from the pastor at Grace United Methodist Church on Avenue B in Billings.
The pastor said that Pond was at the church and wanted to turn himself in. He was taken into custody without incident.
Pond later claimed that he was acting in self defense. He also told detectives that he was stranded in Lockwood. He knew his ex-wife was at Alderman's house and wanted to talk to her.
Pond said when he went to see her, Alderman attacked him. He said Alderman came at him with a big knife and a small pistol.
Pond said he went to grab the gun and it went off. He told detectives that he panicked and ran.
Detectives did not find a firearm near Alderman's body.