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Courts waiting on Brookhouse psych evaluation

SHERIDAN — A court hearing for Paul Brookhouse remains unscheduled pending the completion of a psychological evaluation ordered through Sheridan County Circuit Court July 15.

The evaluation was ordered to be completed through the Wyoming State Hospital for Brookhouse, who has been accused of killing James Lee Drake in June.

Brookhouse, 57, was arrested on one charge of second degree murder for killing Drake on June 12. A $100,000 cash bond was set in Sheridan County Circuit Court on June 13.

Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hofmeier said that deputies and emergency medical services were dispatched to 24 Dee Drive at approximately 6 p.m. June 12 for the report of a gunshot wound.

When deputies arrived on scene they located a deceased male, who was later identified as 62-year-old Drake.

According to court documents, when deputies arrived on scene, Brookhouse was standing at the end of the driveway with his arm in a sling and what appeared to be blood on his clothing. He reportedly spun around with his hands in the air, as if to indicate he was unarmed.

Brookhouse also indicated the man who had been shot was in the basement of the home.

When deputies asked if the wound was self-inflicted or if somebody else did it, Brookhouse responded that it was somebody else.

When deputies entered the home and found Drake, he was face down on the floor with what appeared to be two gunshot wounds to the side and one to the head. A .22 revolver and a Ruger revolver were at the scene.

Brookhouse allegedly told deputies that he was the one who did it and put his hands behind his back, readying to be handcuffed.

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