Suspect arraigned in Whitefish road rage incident


KALISPELL, Mont. - Christopher Showen appeared in court Thursday for an arraignment on felony charges related to an early August road rage incident.

On August 6, the incident began near Bigfork. Showen and a woman were in a car when a motorcycle cut them off. Near the corner of Trumble Creek and Hodgson Road, outside Whitefish, Showen allegedly fired three shots at the motorcycle. A gun and shell casings were recovered from the car and highway.

Showen pleaded not guilty Thursday in court. His defense attorney, Gary Brent, asked for his bond to be reduced from $100,000 but the judge denied that request. A jury trial is set for November 3.

This is not the first time Showen has been in trouble with the law. In 1999 he went on trial for the murder of 19-year-old C.J. Storkson. Three witnesses took the stand and said Showen was guilty. The jury thought otherwise and Showen was acquitted.

There was another incident in 2004 in Alaska where he was charged for a shooting at a bonfire. That charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

In 2006 he was given a five-year suspended sentence in Montana for charges related to a shootout at a Eureka police station, which left a man critically wounded.

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