CHEYENNE — A Cheyenne man charged in a fatal shooting earlier this week was released from custody five days earlier because prosecutors declined to move forward with a pending case of misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine.
Andrew Weaver, 25, had his initial appearance on the newest charges Thursday afternoon in Laramie County Circuit Court. He faces two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted second-degree murder, and two counts of aggravated assault and battery with bodily injury with a weapon.
After being arrested Sept. 8 on the two misdemeanor charges, he was released Sept. 11 because Laramie County District Attorney Leigh Anne Manlove’s office declined to press charges, said Linda Gesell, spokeswoman for the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department. Officials from the DA’s office didn’t return calls from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle seeking comment on why they declined to prosecute the earlier case.
Circuit Judge Denise Nau referenced the Sept. 8 case during Weaver’s initial appearance Thursday. His bond was set at $1 million cash, and Nau told Weaver he had to fill out an affidavit for a public defender if he wanted a court-appointed attorney.
Earlier in the day, there was some confusion because Weaver was allegedly refusing to fill out an affidavit because he thought he already had an attorney.
According to court documents:
On Sept. 8, Weaver stole a Century Arms 9mm handgun from William Pharoah. Weaver had been staying with Pharoah, and one morning, when Pharoah woke up, Weaver and the gun were gone.
When Weaver was located, officers also found methamphetamine in Weaver’s wallet. During this incident, Weaver told law enforcement he was under the influence of methamphetamine and was suicidal.
On Sept. 16, Weaver went to 3436 E. 11th St. and shot four people, killing two. Shaline Wymer was found dead at the residence with a gunshot wound to her head, and Adrien Butler was also shot in the head and declared dead at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
One 14-year-old boy was shot in the hand, head, and stomach and airlifted to Children’s Hospital Colorado for his wounds. Another 14-year-old was shot in the face, but didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries because he was shot through the cheek.
By Isabella Alves
Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange