Fremont County man being charged with attempted first degree murder

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On April 18th, 2019 the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office released a statement to County 10 about a 29-year-old man, Garrett Powell, who was arrested for attempted first-degree murder.


On July 3rd, Powell waived his preliminary hearing. The matter was transferred to District Court for arraignment at a later date.

According to court documents, shortly after midnight on April 16th, Fremont County Sheriff’s arrived at a residence after receiving a call that Powell had struck his father in the head with the claw end of a hammer several times.

Sheriff’s noted that Powell told a Deputy that he, “went outside the family home, retrieved a hammer, and went into his mother and father’s room where he began hitting his father in the head.” Powell was arrested at the scene.

The victim was transported to SageWest Hospital, then later transported via air ambulance to a different hospital. Court documents show that he sustained life-threatening skull fractures.

Personnel from the Wyoming Crime Laboratory arrived and processed the scene. Evidence indicated at least three separate strikes were made with the hammer.

  • Powell is charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder. The charge is punishable by up to life of imprisonment without parole or life imprisonment.