A Wyola woman has denied charges in a murder in November 2016. 35-year-old Vernelle Lynn Badbear pleaded not guilty during an arraignment last week in U.S. District Court in Billings. Badbear was charged in Crow Tribal Court in November 2016 to a count of deliberate homicide in the death of Freman Bends. Bends’ body was found about four miles south of his home in Benteen. Badbear faces a maximum life in prison and a fine of 250,000 dollars. Badbear was ordered to remain in custody.