Coroner’s inquest to be held May 20

   A Coroner’s inquest into the Feb. 4 death of Terry M. York near Conrad will be conducted on May 20 at 1 p.m. in the Pondera County Courthouse.
   Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown will conduct the inquest.
   York, age 59, apparently shot himself after authorities allowed him to retrieve medication and tend to his livestock at his home at 527 Furlough Road.
   He had been taken into custody of the PCSO earlier on Feb. 4 for violating conditions of his release on a felony charge of intimidation.
   The sheriff’s office agreed to let York go back into his home and transported him there.
   At this time, authorities have not released further details surrounding his death, including how he got a gun.
   State law requires a Coroner’s inquest anytime a person dies in law enforcement custody or whenever an officer is involved in a fatality.
   The hearing’s purpose is for a jury to determine if criminal charges are merited.
   The Coroner, county attorney and jury are all allowed to ask questions of witnesses and investigators.