The state will not seek the death penalty in the case of Samuel Renner, an Evansville man accused of shooting and killing 41-year-old Todd Callies on July 25.
Renner was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, as well as attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent. He pleaded not guilty to all charges Sept. 13, but the state had not yet declared whether it would seek the death penalty if Renner was convicted.
Prosecutors recently filed a notice of intent that they would instead seek a sentence of life without the possibility of parole or commutation.
There has been one execution in Wyoming since the death penalty was re-instated in 1977. Dale Wayne Eaton, convicted of the 1988 rape and murder of Lisa Marie Kimmell, is currently the only Wyoming inmate on death row.
Prosecutor Dan Itzen said when considering Wyoming statutes and what aggravating and mitigating circumstances would apply in the Renner case, he did not believe it would qualify for the death penalty. He declined to elaborate because the case is pending.
Renner is currently held without bond at the Natrona County Detention Center.