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Crow Reservation murder defendant held in psychiatric facility






Sheldon Bernard Chase. Photo from FBI

A man accused of murdering three people on the Crow Reservation in Montana nearly three years ago remains in a federal psychiatric hospital in Missouri.

Sheldon Bernard Chase, 25, is accused of murdering his grandmother, his cousin and his cousin's boyfriend in October 2011. But he never went to trial because he was found mentally incompetent.

Federal prosecutors are now asking a judge to confine Chase to a psychiatric facility indefinitely, The Billings Gazette reported. Those proceedings are civil in nature and have been mostly sealed, the paper said.

Separately, he's due to appear via video conference in his criminal case on August 27, the paper said.

Federal authorities say Chase killed Gloria Sarah Goes Ahead Cummins, 80; 21-year-old Levon Driftwood; and 20-year-old Ruben Jefferson, on October 4, 2011. He allegedly used a gun that he took from his mother's home on Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota

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Competency hearing set for suspect in Crow Reservation triple murder (The Billings Gazette 8/6)

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