Assault

Case against alleged Halloween party gunman moves forward in Casper

2013-01-03T21:00:00Z 2013-04-24T20:25:07Z Case against alleged Halloween party gunman moves forward in CasperBy MEGAN CASSIDY Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

The Casper man accused of shooting a gun into a house hosting a Halloween party and grazing a man with one of the bullets will have his case heard in Natrona County District Court.

During Nicholas Frederick’s preliminary hearing Thursday morning in Natrona County Circuit Court, Casper Police Detective Gary Kassay said inmates at a Colorado jail told officials Frederick attempted to do more harm than what resulted.

Frederick was apprehended two months after the incident in Colorado, and people at the jail mentioned something about a homicide suspect. To this, Frederick reportedly responded, “I didn’t kill anyone, I just tried to.”

Frederick’s attorney questioned the veracity of this declaration, and Kassay said the statement was not recorded.

Kassay reiterated how several witnesses at an Oct. 28 Halloween party on Jackson Street saw Frederick and the alleged victim have words with one another before fighting in the front yard.

Kassay said witnesses then heard a shot fired, and others soon after helped the alleged victim tend to a one-inch long wound on his head.

The detective additionally said police located an unspent bullet in the front seat of the car in which Frederick left the party. Frederick’s affidavit states that he fired several more shots out of the passenger-side window of the car as he was leaving.

Frederick’s attorney questioned Kassay on how much the witnesses could have seen, given the incident took place in the very early morning hours. Kassay said it was relatively light and easy to see at the residence.

At the end of the hearing, Natrona County Circuit Judge Michael Huber agreed the two aggravated assault charges would be heard in District Court.

Frederick will plead guilty or not guilty at his upcoming arraignment.

Reach crime reporter Megan Cassidy at 307-266-0534 or megan.cassidy@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter @meganrcassidy.

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