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Coroner identifies Anaconda man as victim of Billings homicide

Posted at 6:20 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 20:30:42-05


BILLINGS – The man shot to death last week on Canyon Drive in Billings was identified Monday.

The Yellowstone County Coroner’s Office said John Smathers, 25 of Anaconda, died from a gunshot wound on Nov. 21.

Billings police have released little information since the shooting but are investigating it as a homicide.

Another man, identified as a 30-year-old from Billings, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.


Police suspect homicide in shooting death of Billings man, 25; second man also wounded