Two Teens Arrested in Wyoming Triple Homicide

Chicago-5-HomicidesAuthorities have arrested two suspects in a triple homicide at a home in Clark, an unicorporated town in northwest Wyoming, about 30 miles north of Powell near the Montana border.

Park County Sheriff Scott Steward says the slayings were reported at about 11 a.m. Saturday, and no other suspects are being sought. The names of the victims and the manner of their deaths have not been released.

Neighbor Robert Bushman Jr. tells The Powell Tribune the victims were a woman, her father and her mother. He says some of his neighbors who saw the victims’ dogs chasing two vehicles down the road became concerned and found the residents fatally shot in the home.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop that led to the arrests.

Nineteen-year-old Stephen Hammer and 18-year-old Tanner Vanpelt, both of Cody, made their first court appearance Tuesday morning in Cody.

Each is charged with 11 felony counts, including premeditated murder, use of a deadly weapon and robbery.

A judge ordered the two teens held without bond. The judge also appointed public defenders for the defendants, who said little during the hearing except to answer the judge’s questions.

According to court documents, the teens told investigators they stole handguns from a Cody gun store and went to a house they knew to steal a black Audi SUV so they could escape to Denver.