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Seeking Justice: Unable to Get Son’s Murder Case Reopend, Native Family Sues FBI


On February 2, 2005, after the two men had spent a long day working on the range together, Bob Holcomb shot Steven Bearcrane-Cole between the eyes, killing him. They were both ranch hands on the Leachman Cattle Co., near the Crow Reservation in Montana, and Holcomb says he shot a drunk and enraged Bearcrane-Cole after being threatened with a knife. Holcomb was never arrested, and the FBI listed the shooting as self-defense. There were no witnesses, but the physical evidence has some intriguing questions and mysteries. For example, why was the knife found under Bearcrane-Cole’s body still in its sheath?

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