Robert LeCou, accused in the execution-style murder of three Belfry residents in early April, pleaded not guilty in Carbon County District Court in Red Lodge on Wednesday.
LeCou, 39 years old, pleaded not guilty to three counts of deliberate homicide and one count of tampering with evidence.
His bond was set at $3 million.
Carbon County Attorney Alex Nixon said at the hearing that he would also seek a weapons enhancement because the crimes were committed with a firearm.
LeCou is accused of killing three people, including his own wife, on April 5.
Karen Hill-LeCou, her sister Sharon Hill-Lamb, and Hill-Lamb's husband, Lloyd Lamb, were all found dead in a Belfry home.
Surveillance footage obtained from the Billings Cabela’s store shows LeCou and his wife shopping for the ammunition that was used in the killings, which she eventually purchases.
Carbon County Sheriff's deputies discovered the three bodies in the home while conducting a welfare check at a neighbor’s request.
A motive has not yet been determined, but Nixon said at the hearing that alcohol was a “nexus” in the crimes.
LeCou is an inmate at the Gallatin County jail in Bozeman where he has been held since he was extradited from Spokane, Washington, last week.
Investigators say LeCou shot each of the three victims in the head before fleeing Belfry.
LeCou claims he left the area prior to the killings to visit his mother in Spokane and claims that a home intruder committed the murders.
Nixon did not speak specifically about LeCou’s criminal history, but court records filed in Tennessee and Texas reveal a history of violent crimes.
Members of the victims’ family were present at the hearing and became emotional.
According to Nixon, the last homicide case to be tried in Carbon County was in 2010.
“The crimes, a triple homicide, would be unconscionable anywhere, but in Belfry, where there are just 200 people, it’s shocking,” said Nixon before the hearing.
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