Men deny evidence tampering in bloody crime scene from late June

A Billings man is denying charges he removed bloody clothing and a garbage dumpster from a crime scene in late June.

Michael Scott Leclair, 35, is facing two felony counts of tampering with evidence related to an assault at a Heights home on June 28.

Investigators believe Leclair moved the bloody clothing and garbage dumpster “to an unknown location” to prevent police from finding them.

Detectives searching the scene at the Heights home discovered the area had been cleaned recently, but some blood stains remained on the staircase, baseboard and a speaker box.

Leclair has posted $50,000 bond and is on GPS monitoring.

Another man, William James Hoffert III, has been charged with evidence tampering in what appears to be the same case.

Hoffert appeared in court Thursday via video from the Yellowstone County jail and pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of evidence tampering and one felony count of criminal endangerment for a road

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