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Jury finds Helena man guilty of murder for girlfriend’s shooting death

Posted at 4:19 AM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 06:19:07-04

HELENA – Skyler Schneider has been found found guilty of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence for the July 2017 shooting death of 23-year-old Katherine Spencer.

The week-long trial ended with the guilty verdict just after 9 p.m. on Friday.

Schneider, 22, called 911 on July 1 to report that a woman had been shot in a vehicle on 12th Avenue and was bleeding badly.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Spencer in the passenger seat with a gunshot wound to her head.

Police searched an area where a neighbor reported seeing Schneider following what the neighbor said sounded like fireworks. Detectives found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in that same area.

Schneider is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20.