BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Colorado man charged with killing his wife 15 years ago in Montana was to make an initial court appearance Thursday amid indications that authorities long harbored questions about his involvement.

Forty-six-year-old Brian David Laird was due before Judge Daniel Kaup in Fort Collins, Colorado on a charge of deliberate homicide in the 1999 death of Kathyrn Laird.

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Court documents show Laird was questioned extensively about the case in 2002 when he sought a license to practice law in Missouri. But authorities say there was never a decision on whether he was fit to practice because Laird failed the bar exam.

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Witnesses who emerged two years ago reported a bitter argument between the couple the night before Kathryn Laird’s badly-bruised body was found floating in downstream of Yellowtail Dam near Fort Smith.

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