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Augusta man faces a felony charge for allegedly shooting and killing neighbor

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An Augusta man who is charged with a felony for suspicion of deliberately killing a neighbor in October made his first appearance today in the Lewis and Clark county justice court.

Joseph Campbell allegedly shot and killed 53-year-old landowner Timothy Newman after a heated dispute. Campbell was arrested Monday with a bond set at $1 million. Today in justice court, the judge maintained the bond and conditions of bail set by the district judge.

Campbell and property owner Tani Converse wanted to stop neighbors from using the Pony Trail, which crosses over their property to access public lands. So they set up a fence and a locked wooden gate at the edge of their property. Doing so prompted conflict throughout the neighborhood. On October 18, Newman allegedly set out with bolt cutters to cut the lock on the wooden gate. Campbell confronted Newman and allegedly shot him once in the back and once in the chest. Court documents show that law enforcement has received more than 25 calls involving Campbell since 2000 to present. A letter from area landowners to the county Attorney's office in 2009 states "the problem is not going away...but is escalating." and asking prosecutors to act before "the brandish gun is fired."

Campbell could potentially face up 10 to 100 years to life if convicted of the felony charge. He will appear in district court for a hearing on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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