Montana Senator’s Nephew Killed, 8-Year-Old Daughter Unharmed


Homicide investigators suspect a nephew of Democratic Montana Sen. Jon Tester may have been killed with an ax in his home just outside Spokane.

Bob Tester, 35, was found dead in his living room in a pool of blood about 7 a.m. Tuesday near the town of Spangle, court documents said. An ax was discovered near his body along with bags of marijuana, The Spokesman-Review reported on Wednesday.

Bob Tester’s 8-year-old daughter told Spokane County sheriff’s deputies she was in bed with her father when a man entered the house wielding a sword and a knife, according to court documents. Deputies say the girl was awakened by sounds of an assault, finding the armed man over her father, reports CBS affiliate KBZK in Montana.

”The man told her to stay in bed because he was going to kill her dad,” the documents stated.

The child called her grandmother afterward to report her father’s death.

The girl’s grandmother called 911 and later told deputies that Bob Tester grew marijuana for dispensaries.

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