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Shawn Osborne
Shawn Osborne (Courtesy photo)

A Sheridan, Wyo., man was charged Tuesday with the murder of another Sheridan man late last week.

Shawn Osborne, 28, made his initial appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court, where he was charged with one count of murder in the first degree for the death of 42-year-old Gerald Bloom.

Circuit Court Judge J. John Sampson set bond for Osborne, who remains in custody at the Sheridan County Detention Center, at $150,000. A date for his next court appearance has not been set, but he is expected to reappear in Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing within the next 10 days.

According to charging documents filed Tuesday by the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office, a woman came to the Sheridan Police Department on the afternoon of Jan. 15 to report a dead body underneath a trailer in Sheridan. The woman, identified as Dee Himes, told an officer that she and her boyfriend, who live together in a trailer home at 1075 Bellevue Ave., were awakened early that morning by Osborne.

Osborne told Himes’ boyfriend that he had just killed Bloom, who was staying at the trailer home, according to the court documents. She described Osborne as having blood on his pants and forearms and allegedly saw Bloom’s body on his bedroom floor a short time later. Later that morning, Osborne allegedly told Himes that Bloom’s body had been moved to underneath the trailer.

That afternoon, a man named John Neal came to the trailer. According to the charging documents, Osborne had told Himes earlier that “Neal was going to be next.” When Himes told him what Osborne had said, the two went to the police station to report the crime, the documents state.

According to the documents, Dennis David, who also lives in the trailer, told officers that Osborne told him at about 2 a.m. that morning something like “I’m going to do it for real this time.” He said Osborne is a “frequent occupant of the trailer home.”

When officers responded to the trailer home, according to the documents, they found Osborne with what appeared to be blood on his pants and forearms and blood outside, including near the main entrance and on skirting around the bottom of the home.

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Officers found Bloom’s body in a red sleeping bag underneath the home. His “throat appeared to have been cut,” according to the charging documents. Osborne was arrested that afternoon in connection with the death.

In a Jan. 16 press release, Detective Sgt. Tom Henry said that Bloom appears to have been killed with an edged weapon.

Investigators in Sheridan say they’ve collected several sharp objects from the trailer where Bloom was found dead last week but have yet to determine exactly what was used to kill him.

The court documents did not indicate a motive in the killing. Henry said investigators have an indication of what prompted the murder, but he declined to release that information.

 The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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