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Associated Press, Published April 03 2013

UPDATED: Man held without bond in Williston homicide case

WILLISTON, N.D. — A 46-year-old Idaho man brought from Montana to face murder, reckless endangerment and terrorizing charges in Williston is being held without bond.

District Judge David Nelson decided Monday to hold Jonathan Horvath for a preliminary hearing and arraignment on April 23, the Williston Herald reported (http://bit.ly/Yvni1i ) Wednesday.

Horvath is accused of shooting Derrick Spiegel, 28, of Williston, on March 16 on a sidewalk outside the Heartbreakers bar following arguments inside another bar.

Police said two or three shots were fired, and three spent 9 millimeter casings were found at the scene. One hit the front door of the bar and another hit Spiegel in the "upper neck/head area," according to an arrest affidavit.

Horvath then dragged Spiegel from the area of the Heartbreaker's door and onto Main Street, the affidavit said.

Officials have said the shooting occurred following a verbal altercation inside of Whisper's bar.

Horvath was captured in Billings, Mont., on March 18.

At Monday's hearing in Williston, Horvath defended fleeing the scene, saying he wanted to make sure his dog was taken somewhere safe before he came back to fight the charges. He said he had every intention of returning to Williston to cooperate with authorities.

State's Attorney Nathan Madden asked for $2 million bond, arguing that Horvath has a long history of violence and not cooperating with authorities and that he considered Horvath to be a great danger to society. Nelson instead set no bond.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com


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