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Prosecutors: Billings man killed by disgruntled drug users

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Garrett Lee Crandell, 28, was arrested Friday on a deliberate homicide warrant (YCDF) Garrett Lee Crandell, 28, was arrested Friday on a deliberate homicide warrant (YCDF)
Clinton Old Bull was killed in October (Old Bull Family) Clinton Old Bull was killed in October (Old Bull Family)

A Billings man’s life was ended last October due to a disgruntled drug buyer who was shorted methamphetamine by the victim’s friend.

New information about the death of Clinton Old Bull, 25, was released in charging documents filed in Yellowstone County against Garret Crandell, 28.

Crandell made his initial appearance in justice court Tuesday on the charge of deliberate homicide.

Old Bull was killed October 16 after he was shot a single time in the abdomen.

The shooting took place at an apartment on North 24th Street, where Old Bull’s friend reportedly dealt methamphetamine.

According to court documents, a woman planned to purchase methamphetamine from Old Bull’s friend at the apartment.

The dealer has very specific rules disallowing unknown people from coming to the apartment, the woman said.

When the woman brought with her a pair of male friends, the dealer became upset and apparently shorted them methamphetamine in the $250 transaction.

The woman told another friend about being ripped off by the dealer and they together devised a plan to rob the dealer and Old Bull of cash and drugs, according to court documents.

Those four people returned to the apartment to carry out the robbery, but the dealer was not there.

Crandell was told about the plan and was promised drugs if he participated in the robbery, according to court documents.

Crandell returned to the apartment with two male friends and went to the door.

Old Bull opened the door and was shot not long after he was confronted by Crandell, who was wearing a bandana over his face, witnesses told detectives.

Crandell and his accomplices allegedly fled the scene and returned to Laurel.

One of the men who accompanied Crandell to the Billings apartment for the robbery admitted he gave Crandell the gun to use as self defense.

The driver of the getaway vehicle reported that Crandell told him he had to shoot Old Bull because he would not stop punching him.

Witnesses did not report seeing a physical altercation.

Several months after the shooting, in May, Crandell was arrested on drug charges.

While he was in police custody, Crandell was asked about the night of the shooting.

Crandell allegedly said he went to the apartment with his friends to pick up methamphetamine, but did not initially know about the robbery plans.

Crandell said that when they arrived at the apartment, he chose to stand in the alley because he did not want any part of the robbery.

Crandell allegedly said he witnessed his friend shoot Old Bull.

Crandell later posted bond for the drug charges and was released.

One of the friends who allegedly accompanied Crandell denied every planning to rob Old Bull or the dealer.

But a text sent from that man’s phone shortly after police were called to respond said “Almost got to rob them now.”

It’s unclear if any of the other individuals involved in the deadly incident will face criminal charges.

Crandell is being held at the Yellowstone County jail on $500,000 bond.

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