A Missoula man now living in Washington appeared via video from the Missoula County Jail on a felony charge of intimidation, after threatening his ex-wife, her attorney and his own attorney with death by his own hands.

According to court records, Kyle McFarley, 39, has been divorced from his wife Diane in 2012, but issues of property settlement have yet to be settled. On about June 7, McFarley allegedly sent his attorney a text message that read in part, "I am afraid I may kill them with my bare hands if provoked any more, work this out with Diane, her attorney and her family or I will kill them myself, or hire someone to kill them. The more pressure, the angrier I get."

Senior Deputy County Attorney Patricia Bower told Judge Karen Orzech on Monday, November 18, that the state was requesting a high bail.

"The bond has been set by the state at $50,000," Bower said. "I believe that is reasonable and appropriate considering the homicidal threats given to his then attorney and ex-wife and her attorney. Two of the three victims are still terrified, and both have obtained an order of protection."

Judge Orzech, after conferring with the public defender at the jail, learned that McFarley had been living and working in Walla Walla, Washington, where he had been receiving treatment, and agreed to a lower bond amount of $20,000 upon the condition that McFarley stay in Walla Walla and have no contact with any of the victims in Missoula. Bower agreed to those terms on behalf of the state.

Senior Deputy County Attorney Patricia Bower