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Trial underway in December shooting death in Cheyenne

July 9, 2019

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A trial is underway in Cheyenne in the case of a 78-year-old man charged with shooting and killing another man during an argument.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports jurors heard opening statements Monday. Charles Richmond is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 5, 2018 death of 41-year-old John Paul Birgenheier.

Prosecutors allege Richmond shot Birgenheier following an argument in which Birgenheier attacked and beat Richmond and threatened to “wipe him out.” Prosecutors said Richmond had time to think and plan the killing after the two men argued.

Defense attorney Brian Quinn told jurors Richmond went to Birgenheier’s camper to tell him to get off his property and brought his shotgun for protection. Quinn said Birgenheier — who was under the influence of meth — charged Richmond, prompting the gunfire.

The trial continues Tuesday.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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