Myron Friday

Park County sheriff's deputies escort Myron Friday into the courtroom for his arraignment last March.

Gazette Staff

CODY, Wyo. — A woman found dead in her home last Sunday evening was stabbed many times with a screwdriver, according to court records released Thursday.

The Park County Attorney's Office released the records shortly after Myron Friday, 28, appeared in Circuit Court for arraignment and was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 34-year-old Julie Friday.

His next appearance is set for Wednesday. The court will decide if probable cause exists to send the case to District Court for trial.

According to court records, Julie Friday's 17-year-old son told investigators that he and his mother and Myron Friday were at their home at 208 33rd St., watching the NBA All-Star game on Sunday evening.

At around 8:30 p.m., Myron Friday and the son left the home and intended to go to the residence of Shandal Veach to pick up some money and candy bars. Veach is identified in court records as the daughter of Julie Friday.

The son told authorities that Veach and Myron Friday didn't get along and, on the way to the Veach residence, Friday changed his mind about the visit.

The son gave Myron Friday a ride back to Julie Friday's home. The son dropped him off in the driveway at around 8:40 p.m.

About an hour later, the son returned to the residence. He went to the front door and found it locked. He knocked but didn't get a response. He tried calling his mother's cell phone several times but got no answer.

The son found a separate unlocked door. He walked into his mother's room and found her lying unresponsive on the floor. A shirt had been placed over her head, court records state, and when he lifted it, he got blood on his fingers.

"I broke down, went to the living room, sat down on the couch and called my sister (Veach) crying," the son told investigators.

Police investigation

When police arrived at 208 33rd St. at around 11 p.m., they found blood on two bedroom walls and the bedroom furniture. They found bloody footprints in the carpet.

They saw a large amount of blood around Julie Friday's body, and both of her hands were bloody.

"It appeared Julie Friday sustained wounds and apparent blunt-force trauma to her head and face," investigators wrote. "Wounds were also observed on her arms."

At around 10:55 p.m. on Sunday, Suzette Sumpter told police, Myron Friday had knocked on her door and asked her for a ride to the post office. She declined, noting the late hour, but said she'd take him home.

Friday didn't want to go home, Sumpter told police. Instead, he asked for a drink and a cigarette. Sumpter later took him to the bowling alley and noticed that he had blood on his face and a wound to his right hand. He looked like he'd been "socked in the mouth," she told investigators.

Police arrested Myron Friday at around 6 p.m. Monday after a tip led them to the residence of Rocky Raile. Friday was taken into custody without incident. Raile is not currently facing any charges, as police say they don't believe he had any knowledge of the crime.

Autopsy

Investigators attended the autopsy of Julie Friday on Tuesday in Billings. The findings of that autopsy detailed the ferocity of the attack that killed her.

According to court records, Julie Friday suffered multiple stab wounds to her head, face, neck and torso. The blows were delivered with force, and four of the wounds, the autopsy found, would have been lethal by themselves.

Those wounds were to her head, throat and torso. Her nose was also broken, and she received stab wounds to her arms.

The autopsy found that the likely weapon was a screwdriver.

Police obtained a second search warrant for 208 33rd St. and recovered from the master bedroom several screwdrivers, scissors and a knife. They also found a pair of bloody pants next to the location of Julie Friday's body. In the front pocket was Myron Friday's cell phone.

Deputy Park County Attorney Tim Blatt asked in court Thursday that Myron Friday be held without bail until his initial court appearance next week. Friday's attorney asked the court to establish reasonable bond.

The court agreed that Friday could not be held without bail, according to state statute, and set his bond at $1 million cash only. Friday's family was present at the arraignment but declined to speak with a reporter after the proceedings.

Friday is being held at the Park County Detention Center. He could face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted in the premeditated slaying of his wife.

Records on file at Circuit Court show that Myron Friday had past tangles with the law for domestic abuse, including a case last summer where broke down Julie Friday's door and disconnected her call for help to police.

After the incident, the court had issued an order that Myron Friday not contact his wife. But two weeks later, Julie Friday wrote the court asking it to lift the no-contact order.

"I would like you to take the no-contact order off," Julie Friday wrote the court in that letter. "I need to figure out if my husband will go to treatment and if we still want to be together."

Veach told investigators that Myron Friday had threatened to kill Julie Friday several times. Julie Friday had a black eye as recently as the previous week, but she told Veach that Myron Friday had accidentally elbowed her.

Veach, the victim's daughter, said Myron Friday had told his wife that if she ever cheated on him, he would kill her. He allegedly threatened to do so as recently as Saturday — one day before Julie Friday's death — when he learned that she had dated other men during their separation.

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