Kevin Briggs trial set for Feb. 17

Adapted from Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The trail of Kevin Briggs is slated to begin on Feb. 17. The trial will last seven days in Gallatin County District Judge Mike Salvagni’s courtroom. Briggs, who is accused of attacking and attempting to rape a woman and then escaping from Bozeman police custody, faces six felonies stemming from his arrest last February.

Briggs, a former Montana State University student was arrested on Feb. 1 after a woman he knew stated that he violently assaulted and tried to rape her. According to court documents, when the police attempted to arrest Briggs, he punched an officer.

While at the Law and Justice Center, Briggs was left unattended in an unlocked room for 30 minutes. In that time, Briggs walked out of the center and was on the run until Feb. 21 when authorities in Oregon arrested him.

Charges against Briggs include aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, assault on a peace officer, escape, failure to register as a sex offender and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.  Briggs pleaded not guilty on all accounts and will most likely claim self-defense as part of his trial, according to defense attorney Ashley Whipple.