No federal charges in triple shooting on Crow Reservation
BILLINGS, Mont. —
Prosecutors say no criminal charges will be brought in the killings of three people who entered a house on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation and were engaged in a shooting that left two occupants injured.
Montana's U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that it was impossible to prove who shot whom and in what order in the August 4 shooting in Lodge Grass. Prosecutors also said they would not be able to overcome claims that the killings resulted from self-defense or defense of another.
Denise Stewart Nomee, 25, her husband, Leslie Frank Nomee Jr., 27, and Nehemiah Brokenrope, 30, were killed. The names of those injured were not released.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson says Crow tribal prosecutors could still bring charges.
Tribal leaders said the killings were linked to methamphetamine but haven't released specifics.