Hearing for Cody triple homicide suspects now set for April 10

2013-03-12T08:33:00Z 2013-12-24T09:46:20Z Hearing for Cody triple homicide suspects now set for April 10Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 12, 2013 8:33 am  • 

The next court appearance for two teenagers accused of shooting three people to death in the rural community of Clark, Wyo., has been continued until April 10.

Stephen Forrest Hammer, 19, and Tanner Brooks Vanpelt, 18, were scheduled to appear in Park County, Wyo., Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The hearing will determine if the case goes to District Court.

Hammer and Vanpelt are accused in the March 2 killings of Ildiko Freitas, 40, and her parents, Janos Volgyesi, 69, and Hildegard Volgyesi, 70.

Charging documents say the pair went to Freitas' home in Clark, about 30 miles north Cody, in an effort to get a vehicle. They planned to drive to Denver because they had recently stolen guns from a Cody pawn shop, the men told investigators after their arrests.

An affidavit filed by Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric said Hammer and Vanpelt were arrested shortly after the killings and admitted to shooting Freitas after an argument broke out and then killing her parents before driving away.

Both men face 11 felony charges each, including first-degree murder, and eight of the charges carry the potential for the death penalty.

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