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Victim 12-year-old James Alex Hurley PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

WEST YELLOWSTONE — On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Sasser Jr., Patricia Batts, and a juvenile male (uncle of the victim) for the offense of Deliberate Homicide. The charges are in reference to the death of 12-year-old James Alex Hurley outside of West Yellowstone, Montana, on or about February 3, 2020. The defendants’ initial appearances in Justice Court will be on Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

The investigation is ongoing and Sheriff Gootkin can only comment on the information covered in the Affidavit of Probable Cause, which is public information.⁣

Sheriff Gootkin will be available to talk to reporters at noon on Thursday, February 13, at the Gallatin County Detention Center.⁣

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