First Degree Murder Charge Stands
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 5, 2018
A judge has rejected reducing the first-degree murder charge against a 76-year-old Wapiti man accused of killing his wife.
Park County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters on Friday also denied changing the bond status set for Dennis Klingbeil, as he approved advancing the case to district court for trial.
Klingbeil is charged in the August shooting death of his wife, 75-year-old Donna Klingbeil. He is being held without bond.
The Cody Enterprise reports that his defense attorney, Donna Domonkos, challenged whether the shooting was premediated malice and argued that the charge should be reduced from first-degree to second-degree murder.
Park County prosecutor Bryan Skoric says the evidence supports the first-degree murder charge.
No date is yet set for the next hearing in the case.