GILLETTE, Wyo. — A judge set bail at $2.5 million Tuesday for a Gillette man charged in the deaths of two men whose bodies investigators say were cut into pieces.
Michael Montano, 37, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of mutilation of dead human bodies in the deaths of Phillip Brewer, 33, and Jody Fortuna, 38. Montano used a hand saw to cut up the bodies and investigators found the body parts in a plastic tote container in his truck and in a car top carrier, according to investigators.
Montano didn’t enter a plea and prosecutors didn’t indicate a motive during his initial appearance in Circuit Court, the Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/2dJSbPV ).
Montano didn’t have an attorney and couldn’t be reached for comment in jail.
Montano’s girlfriend, Kylee Collins, 22, is charged as an accessory after the fact and two counts of conspiracy to mutilate a dead body. Bail for her was set Tuesday at $100,000.
According to an affidavit, a woman told Campbell County sheriff’s deputies Saturday she saw Brewer’s body in the back of Montano’s pickup truck the night before.
The woman allegedly reported she’d opened the truck tailgate after smelling a foul odor and saw Brewer, whom she recognized, with a hole in his head. The woman said she called a taxi.
Another man allegedly told investigators that on Oct. 5, Montano saw some empty 55-gallon barrels and asked if he could have one. The man asked why he wanted one.
“Montano stated, ‘I gotta get rid of some bodies,'” according to the affidavit.
The man claimed Montano had a plastic tote container in the back of his pickup and stabbed the tote with a knife. The man “smelled a strong odor, similar to that of a deer which had been dead for a long time,” the affidavit said.
The man told deputies Montano said he cut the bodies with a saw in his bathtub, according to the affidavit.
Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com