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Accused killer in Billings Heights death says victim "asked" to die

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Lindsey April Haugen (YCDF photo) Lindsey April Haugen (YCDF photo)


The man murdered on Tuesday in the Billings Heights has been identified by the county coroner as Robert Mast, 25, of Florida.

The man who was found dead in the Billings Heights on Tuesday was strangled by his girlfriend, authorities said.

Lindsay Haugen, 32, is charged with deliberate homicide for the 25-year-old man’s death.

The victim’s name has not yet been released by authorities pending contact with his close family members.

Billings police received a report around 4 p.m. Tuesday of a possible DUI driver in a black SUV with Washington plates.

The witness who called police reported seeing Haugen lying behind the parked SUV and the victim alive, both intoxicated.

Officers later arrived at the Domino’s Pizza parking lot and found Haugen in the passenger seat of the SUV.

The man in the seat appeared to have blood pooling under the skin of his neck and he appeared clammy, according to charging documents.

Officers reported that Haugen had tears in her eyes and appeared frantic.

Haugen told the officers she had unsuccessfully been attempting CPR on the victim for about 30 minutes.

Officers pulled the victim out of the vehicle and performed CPR on him, but they determined he was dead.

Haugen, who has 10 years of military experience, allegedly admitted to the officers she had strangled the victim.

During the drive to City Hall, Haugen allegedly told officers she could not believe she had strangled the victim, but it was what he wanted, according to charging documents.

Haugen told detectives she and the victim had been dating and were driving from Washington to North Dakota.

Haugen said she and the victim had stopped in Billings where they were drinking wine and eating pizza.

She said the victim told her he wanted to die and when he confirmed he was serious, Haugen said she told him she could make that happen, according to court documents.

Haugen allegedly said she put the victim in a choke hold until he passed out, then she climbed on top of him and strangled him until he stopped breathing.

Haugen said she then felt compelled to dispose of the victim’s body so she drove to the Domino’s Pizza parking lot, court documents state.

Detectives reported that Haugen said she wanted to kill someone with her bare hands and saw her opportunity with the victim because he “asked” to die.

Haugen is expected to make an initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice court Thursday afternoon.

Haugen's attorney said she has no criminal history and, though she has loose ties to the community, she has an uncle who lives in Laurel.

She is originally from Oregon and has a teenage son, her attorney said.

She is being held at the county jail on $400,000 bond.

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