Suspect could face death penalty in fatal shooting in Cheyenne

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — The man accused last month of slaying his ex-girlfriend and trying to kill her boyfriend could face the death penalty after prosecutors told a judge there were extenuating circumstances.

Edward Guajardo, 26, made his initial appearance Wednesday in Laramie County Circuit Court.

Laramie County District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg told Magistrate Tim Kingston there is strong evidence to suggest a great deal of planning went into the shooting and that it wasn't just a spur-of-the-moment decision for Guajardo.

Prosecutors said they have not yet decided whether they will seek the death penalty, but it is a possibility,

Sandburg said Guajardo had to walk over Janessa Spencer's body to leave through the back door of her house. Guajardo then got in his car, which was parked in the alley, and drove to Fort Collins, Colorado, Sandburg said.

"We believe he set up an escape route in advance of the event," Sandburg told Kingston.

Guajardo was charged the day of the shooting with first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Spencer, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/1zOiDwh ).

He also was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of 24-year-old Samuel Cook as well as with aggravated burglary.

Kingston ordered Guajardo to remain in custody at the Laramie County jail without bond pending his preliminary hearing, which is set for May 15.

Guajardo's attorney, public defender Eang Man, said she would reserve her bond argument for the preliminary hearing, but she asked Kingston to set a reasonable bond when the issue comes up in court.


Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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