Arraignments pending against Wyo. suspects


On Dec. 20, prosecutors in Natrona County, Wyo., requested arraignment hearings be scheduled against two Craig adults accused of burglarizing a bar and grill and then engaging in a shootout with police.

Those arraignment hearings against Paul Martin Howell, 29, and Michael Garren, 19, have not been scheduled, a Natrona County court clerk said Tuesday.

Howell and Garren are charged with accessory and/or aiding and abetting, conspiracy to commit robbery, aiding and abetting a robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Their arraignments -- a hearing during which charges are read and a formal plea is entered -- will likely take place in January, the court clerk said.

Howell and Garren were two of the six suspects arrested in late November in Wyoming after they allegedly robbed a bar in Casper and then traded gunfire while trying to evade police. The case against one of their alleged accomplices, 17-year-old James Gore, has been moved from juvenile court to district court, the clerk said.

Gore's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15. He is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, accessory to a robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, accessory to commit murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Cases pending against Daniel Merwin, 16, Steven Liljedahl, 16, and Johnathan Milligan, 16, are being argued in juvenile court, therefore are not public record, the court clerk said.

The six suspects are believed to have committed a rash of burglaries at businesses in Moffat County from Nov. 20 to Nov. 29. The Moffat County Sheriff's Office is investigating the robberies and believes two more local juveniles were involved in the burglaries.

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