LeCou trial reset to June

Photo by Eleanor Guerrero Robert James LeCou, charged with a triple homicide in Belfry last April, appeared in court with his attorneys and had his trial date reset for June 5, at Carbon County District Court in Red Lodge.

By Eleanor Guerrero CCN Senior Reporter The triple homicide trial of Robert James LeCou, 39, of Belfry, has again been delayed until June 5. LeCou appeared in Carbon County District Court in Red Lodge with his two attorneys, Clark Matthews and Edward Warner, on Thursday, Feb. 23.

LeCou is accused of the shooting deaths of Lloyd Lamb, 76, Sharon Hill-Lamb, 72, and Karen Hill LeCou, 54, LeCou’s wife, at their home in Belfry during the evening of April 5. LeCou was charged with three counts of homicide and was arrested in Spokane, Washington on April 8, 2016, where bond was set at $10 million dollars.

Both Carbon County Attorney Alex Nixon and LeCou’s defense attorneys were awaiting evidence results from the State Crime Lab and Judge Blair Jones acknowledged that although he had cleared his calendar for an earlier trial date, “I understand how serious a crime…how difficult to prepare. It takes some analysis.” There were several pieces of forensic evidence including firearms testing results.

While Jones noted he wanted to get the case to trial “as quickly as possible” to preserve the defendant’s speedy trial rights, he realized the state and defense needed time for the evidence to be distributed and that the defense was requesting time for analysis. He is estimating the trial may last two weeks, although both sides felt it would not last that long. Nixon acknowledged the length of time from the April, 2016, arrest to the present noting, “I want to make clear that the State has not been lackadaisical. The investigation never stops.”

In setting the date, Jones made clear, “I am not inclined to continue beyond that date unless for some extraordinary reason.” He reset the date and time for June 5, at 9:30 a.m.