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Defendant in Lodge Grass shootings won't be tried until fall

(BILLINGS)- The 23-year old man accused of killing his grandmother and two other people outside Lodge Grass last year won't be tried now until this fall. 

Sheldon Chase was arrested in Washington last October, the day after the bodies of his grandmother, cousin and cousin's husband were found at the older woman's rural home. He's facing three counts of first degree murder and is pleading "not guilty". 

Chase was to have gone on trial later this month. But KTVQ reports the hearing has now been delayed until next September. The charges are in federal court because the murders happened on the Crow Reservation. 

The Billings Gazette reports defense attorneys wanted more time to prepare for the trial and to consider any change of plea. 


Lodge Grass shooter moved to jail in Billings

(BILLINGS)- The man who's accused of shooting his grandmother and two men on the Crow Reservation last week is back in Billings to face three charges of First Degree Murder in federal court.

22-year old Sheldon Bernard Chase was arrested in Spokane last week, just over 24-hours after the bodies of 80-year-old Gloria Sarah Goes Ahead Cummins, and the two younger men were found at a home outside Lodge Grass, where they had been gunned down. Chase was returned to Missoula where he made an initial appearance in federal court on Thursday.

Now, KTVQ reports that Chase has been moved back to Billings for the remainder of his hearings. 

Read more background on the case from the KTVQ website. 




MT triple murder suspect in Missoula court today

(MISSOULA)- The man accused of shooting three people outside Lodge Grass last week is set to appear in U.S. District Court in Missoula this afternoon.

22-year old Sheldon Bernard Chase is facing three counts of first degree murder for shooting his grandmother and two younger men on the Crow Indian Reservation. Chase was captured by federal agents after a brief manhunt in Spokane.

Now, KPAX TV is reporting Chase is scheduled to appear this afternoon before Judge Jeremiah Lynch on the charges this afternoon. It will be the first time Chase has been in a Montana courtroom since his capture.

The three victims were buried during funeral services over the weekend and early this week.




Lodge Grass shooter charged with three counts of murder

(SPOKANE)- The man arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three people on the Crow Reservation earlier this week has been charged with three counts of First Degree murder.

Sheldon Bernard Chase was arrested in Spokane Wednesday, the day after the bodies of three people were found at a home outside Lodge Grass. Chase is still being held in Spokane and is expected to be returned to Montana to face the changes in federal court next week. 

KTVQ reports the three victims were discovered after FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs agents were called to the scene around mid-day Tuesday. One victim, 20-year old Rueben Jefferson had been fatally shot to the face outside the home. 80-year old Gloria Cummings, who was Chase's grandmother and 21-year old Levin Driftwood had also been shot and left inside. Two children were unharmed. 



FBI apprehends shooting suspect in Spokane

(SPOKANE)- The FBI will be questioning the man they wanted in connection with Tuesday's murder on the Crow Reservation after 22-year old Sheldon Chase was caught in Spokane Wednesday.

The three people were shot to death at a residence just outside of Lodge Grass, with the bodies being discovered early Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say Chase's 80-year-old grandmother, Gloria Cummins, his 21-year-old cousin Levon Driftwood and 20-year-old Rueben Jefferson were all found shot by a rifle. 

The FBI launched a manhunt across the region, warning law enforcement and the public that Chase was wanted for questioning and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

The FBI announced late Wednesday afternoon that Chase had been arrested "without incident" in Spokane, driving one of the cars they thought he might have. The agency is releasing "no further details" because of the on-going investigation according to a statement from FBI regional headquarters in Salt Lake.