Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey tells the Idaho Mountain Express in a story on Monday that 47-year-old Stephan Michael Romanchuk died after being hit by as many as five rounds from a high-caliber handgun.
Forty-nine-year-old Keith Eric Blankenship of Hailey was charged last week with second-degree murder and concealing evidence in the slaying.
Romanchuk's wife reported her husband missing in January. She said he had lent money to a neighbor and later confronted him over the loan.
The report says after initially denying knowing Romanchuk or receiving money from him, Blankenship told a deputy last week he killed a man in self-defense and buried him in his backyard.