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Great Falls woman denies murder charge

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Pamela Jean Courtnage pleaded not guilty in Great Falls on Thursday on charges of deliberate homicide and felony theft. Pamela Jean Courtnage pleaded not guilty in Great Falls on Thursday on charges of deliberate homicide and felony theft.
Officers were called to a house on 2nd Avenue North on May 26th after the body of a 69-year-old woman was found. Officers were called to a house on 2nd Avenue North on May 26th after the body of a 69-year-old woman was found.
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Pamela Jean Courtnage pleaded not guilty to charges of deliberate homicide and felony theft in Great Falls on Thursday.

Courtnage is charged with killing a 69-year old woman in Great Falls. Court documents identify the victim only as "Jane Doe," due to the recent implementation of Marsy's Law. 

Courtnage asked Judge Greg Pinski if she could speak on her own behalf.

At that point, her court-appointed attorney told the judge that he had advised Courtnage to exercise her right to remain silent, and that Judge Elizabeth Best had signed a court order for Courtnage to undergo a mental health evaluation at the state hospital in Warm Springs.

Pinski then advised Courtnage that she was under no obligation to speak, and reminded her that a court reporter was recording everything she said and her words could be used against her in future court proceedings.

Courtnage then said that her family was trying to take her home on 2nd Avenue North, and take over every asset that she has.

Pinski then explained that if she had issues with assets or family matters, they need to be addressed separately, apart from this court proceeding.

Courtnage then told Pinski that she had asked for a lawyer to be appointed to her, instead of the "guy" sitting next to her. 

Pinski pointed out to her that the man sitting next to her was her court-appointed attorney.

A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

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