Murder suspect pleaded ‘not guilty’ in District Court Tuesday

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Bennilee Strock, 39, of Pavillion, is facing murder in the 2nd degree after allegedly stabbing her husband in their home on December 24th, 2020.

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Following her preliminary hearing in Riverton’s Circuit Court on January 4th, Strock’s case was moved to District Court for arraignment which happened on January 19th.

During the arraignment hearing with Judge Marvin Tyler, Strock pleaded “not guilty” to the charge and requested a jury trial. A trial date will be set within 180 days, according to Judge Tyler.

Strock remains in the custody of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office unless she is able to meet the $500,000 cash bond that was bound over from Circuit Court.

The FCSO released the initial information about this incident on December 28th. Stating Strock had been taken into custody as the only suspect in the case.

Strock and the victim, Jeffrey Strock, reportedly had an argument shortly after leaving a bar and heading home on the evening of December 24th. In her interview with the detective, Strock admits to stabbing her husband in the chest.

The Fremont County Coroner’s Office confirmed Strock’s cause of death as a “stab wound to the chest” and manner of death as a “homicide.” In addition, under “relevant toxicology” a BAC of .328 was listed.

County 10 will share updates on this case as they come available.

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