RED LODGE – The man accused in the execution-style murder of three Belfry residents in early April denied the charges in Carbon County District Court on Wednesday.
Robert LeCou, 39, 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 wife, on April 5. The bodies were discovered later that week in the Belfry residence where LeCou had resided with the family.
A motive has not 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 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 a home intruder committed the murders.
Nixon did not speak specifically as to 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.
LeCou was soft-spoken as he entered his pleas to some of the most serious crimes the region has seen in many years.
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.
Reporter: Aja Goare