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Woman faces deliberate homicide charge after man found dead in Anaconda

The victim has been identified as De'Quan Watson.
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Posted at 6:11 PM, Apr 11, 2024

(Updated April 15, 2024)

The Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Attorney’s office confirmed Leann Malcolm is in custody following a deadly domestic violence incident in Anaconda Wednesday morning that left one man dead.

According to charging documents, Malcolm faces felony counts of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence in connection with the case.

Court papers accuse Malcolm of stabbing her boyfriend, identified as De'Quan Watson, in the chest with a knife in their home at 3 Cherry Street early Wednesday morning.

Malcolm is also accused of washing the knife allegedly used in the stabbing in the dishwasher before police arrived.

(earlier report)

A suspect is in custody after a man was found dead in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County following the report of a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning, April 10, 2024.

Police in Anaconda responded to a report of a "serious domestic disturbance" that involved serious injury and possible weapon use, according to an Anaconda-Deer Lodge press release.

The release said when officers arrived at the residence, they found a man dead with visible, apparent injuries. The man's body was sent to the Montana State Crime Lab for further examination.

According to the release, the cause and manner of death have not been determined. Officials are not releasing the victim's name at this time, pending family notification.

According to the release, there does not appear to be a current danger to the community, and more details will be released as the investigation proceeds.

No further details are available at this time. We will update you as we learn more.