Witnesses at Triple Homicide Trial Weren’t Alarmed by Shots

Robert James LeCou accused of killing his wife, her sister and his brother-in-law

By Molly Priddy

RED LODGE — Witnesses at a triple homicide trial in south-central Montana reported hearing a handful of gunshots on the night of the murders last year, but they said they weren’t alarmed.

The Billings Gazette reports Naomi Black and Jason Olson testified Tuesday during the trial of 40-year-old Robert James LeCou in the April 5, 2016 deaths of his wife, her sister and his brother-in-law. Black and Olson said it was common for people to shoot at skunks in Belfry.

It wasn’t until a neighbor noticed the victims’ television set had been in standby mode for more than a day that he called 911 to say he thought the neighbors were dead and that he suspected LeCou was responsible.

Responding officers found the bodies of 54-year-old Karen Hill-LeCou, 72-year-old Sharon Hill-Lamb and 76-year-old Lloyd Lamb.