MISSOULA — A Washington man is charged with shooting another man in an apparent dispute over stolen drugs and leaving him for dead on a back road east of Missoula.
Troy Anthony Miller, 30, appeared with a public defender via video in Justice Court in Missoula on charges of attempted deliberate homicide and robbery. He did not enter a plea. Acting Justice of the Peace Marie Anderson set Miller's bail at $500,000.
The shooting victim, Michael B. Drozdowicz, told investigators that he, a man named Troy and a woman named Katherine Evans had been staying at a Missoula motel when he asked them to give him a ride downtown on July 16. They drove past the downtown exits and continued east on Interstate 90 before exiting near Turah and driving down a back road.
Drozdowicz said the two accused him of stealing money and drugs, charging documents said. Drozdowicz said the man, later identified as Miller, forced him to empty his pockets, kicked him in the head, face and chest and then shot him in the neck and the shoulder.
Drozdowicz said he lay on the ground hoping Miller and Evans would think he was dead and leave. He then walked back to the interstate and several passers-by reported seeing an injured man walking along or lying on the road.
At the hospital, Drozdowicz gave officers a description of their car.
Police contacted the motel, learned the room had been rented to Katherine Evans, who had provided her car's license plate number. They also found a traffic citation issued to Troy Miller.
Miller and Evans were arrested on July 21 at a motel in Seattle.
Evans faces charges of accountability to both attempted deliberate homicide and robbery in Montana. She remains in custody in Washington and has not waived extradition to Montana, said prosecutor Jordan Kilby.