The starting point for any investigation is the scene – the place where it – whatever “it” is – happened.

When Lincoln County Sheriff LeRoy Yowell and Undersheriff Alan Yowell answered at 911 call on March 28, 2001, they were headed for a remote ranch nearly 30 miles from their office Hugo.

It was the place where Jill Wells was shot to death, a place where the nearest neighbor was miles away. And it was an incident where the only witnesses were her husband and their 6-year-old son, who was blamed for the shooting.

Everything that’s known about Jill’s death can be traced back to the evidence examined at that ranch by the sheriff and undersheriff during an investigation that was over in a matter of hours.

Come along as 9Wants To Know looks at the evidence in the case – and at unaddressed discrepancies and unanswered questions in the official report of Jill’s death.

And as we share that evidence with a longtime police investigator, who cracked his share of difficult cases, to get his evaluation on the job done by Lincoln County’s sheriff and undersheriff in 2001.

And he doesn’t mince words.

BLAME is a podcast produced by the 9Wants to Know investigative reporting team at 9NEWS in Denver, Colo. Reporter Kevin Vaughan takes you along as 9Wants to Know investigates a mother’s death, her husband’s secrets and the lax police work that far too quickly accepted the story that the couple’s 6-year-old son was to BLAME.

It takes you back to the beginning, the day Jill Wells died and her husband Mike told authorities their son Tanner pulled the trigger, to re-examine the crime and ask investigators, family and friends the question: Who’s really to BLAME?

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