Montana IP Client Richard Raugust’s Murder Conviction Overturned

Montana IP Client Richard Raugust’s Murder Conviction Overturned

Montana Innocence Project

The 1998 conviction of a Trout Creek man has been overturned, putting Richard Raugust on the path to a new trial. In an order issued Monday in Sanders County District Court, Judge James Wheelis overturned the conviction of Raugust, who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1997 deliberate homicide of his best friend, Joseph Tash.

As part of his ruling, Wheelis determined that a “Brady violation” of Raugust’s due process rights had occurred because evidence, including the testimony of a sheriff’s deputy, was withheld during the trial. Read more.