Jan 6, 2014 6:18 PM by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News
BILLINGS - The suspect in a Lockwood homicide case now faces felony charges of deliberate homicide and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Martin Jon Pond Jr., 27, appeared before Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace David Carter on Monday afternoon by video.
Pond is accused of shooting and killing Allen Douglas Alderman, 52, of Lockwood on Jan. 3.
Pond's bond was set at $500,000.
A second person of interest was also taken into custody. Cody Mack, 42, was located and arrested by U.S. Marshal's Montana Violent Offenders Task Force.
Mack was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault related to a previous incident. He is currently being held on a $25,000 bond at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
A court document filed by Deputy County Attorney Julie Mees reveals Mack possibly assited Pond in hiding from authorities and what lead to Alderman's death.
The document states Alderman's neighbor on Wasco Avenue called 911 at 4:19 a.m. and reported hearing four gunshots.
A few minutes later, a woman, identified as Tricia Scott also called 911 and said: "Someone got shot."
Deputies arrived on scene and found Alderman lying in front of his home at 3407 Wasco Avenue.
The document goes on to state Scott, who is also Pond's ex-wife, was arguing with Pond via text message.
Scott told detectives Pond was sending threatening text messages to her on Alderman's phone and said he was going to come over.
Scott was at Alderman's home when they heard someone knocking on the trailer.
Alderman told the person to go away. He eventually grabbed a knife and left the trailer.
Court documents state Scott heard Alderman say "Go ahead and shoot me." She then heard yelling and gunshots.
Pond entered the home holding a handgun. He told Scott she needed to go with him but she refused. Pond then told Scott he loved her and left, court documents state.
A witness in the case, identified as Calvin Mack, said he was at a home on Bluebird Street in Billings with his father Cody Mack, his father's girlfriend Katrina Edens and Pond.
The three individuals left around 1:30 a.m. and returned around 4 a.m.
Calvin Mack told detectives when the three returned, he could see blood splattered on Pond's shirt.
The documents state Pond went into the bathroom to get cleaned up and put his clothes in the washer.
Upon questioning his father, Cody said he did something very serious and he might go away for a long time because of it.
Later in the morning, Calvin learned that Pond took the keys to his 2002 Honda minivan without his permission.
His father told him that Pond learned his girlfriend was at a nearby home with another man and intended to go there to "settle things."
Documents state Cody and Katrina dropped off Pond near some trailer houses earlier that morning.
When they picked him up, the couple noticed Pond had blood on him and they learned Pond shot and killed a man.
Cody advised Calvin to report the vehicle stolen to the police but to mention the homicide.
On Jan. 3, an autopsy was performed on Alderman. Authorities say he died as a result of internal bleeding due to gunshot wounds. Four distinct bullet wounds were discovered on Alderman's body.
On Jan. 4 a deputy with the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office located the stolen 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 Molt. The pastor advised them that Pond was at the church and wanted to turn himself in. He was taken into custody without incident.
When questioning Pond, he told detectives that he was acting in self defense. He also told detectives that he was stranded in Lockwood. He knew Scott was at Alderman's house and wanted to talk to her.
Pond claims when he went to see Scott, 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 then told detectives that he panicked and ran.
Detectives did not find a firearm near Alderman's body.
Pond's arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 17 before Judge Mary Jane Knisely.
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