Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a manin connection to the shooting death of a Rock Springs woman earlier this year. The suspect has been identified as the victim’s husband.
SWSO officials report that Lena Lynn Fletcher, age 46, of Rock Springs, was shot to death in her home on June 29.
“On arrival to the residence, located in the 100 block of Steamboat Drive in the unincorporated neighborhood of Clearview Acres west of Rock Springs, deputies witnessed Fletcher’s husband, Jason Lee Fletcher, 45, also of Rock Springs, straddled over the top of his wife’s body holding a towel over a gunshot wound to her neck,” SCSO said in a statement Friday.
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Lena Fletcher was reportedly pronounced deceased at the scene.
“Her husband initially claimed that she either accidentally or purposely shot herself with a loaded revolver after a night of heavy drinking. A forensic pathologist later ruled Lena’s death a homicide,” investigators say. “Through the course of the months-long investigation, sheriff’s detectives ultimately uncovered several more pieces of forensic and ballistic evidence contrary to her husband’s claim that Lena’s fatal injuries were the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
As a result of the investigation, a bench warrant was issued for Jason Fletcher’s arrest October 23, 2020; and sheriff’s detectives arrested the suspect later afternoon without reported incident.
Fletcher has been recommended with a charge of Involuntary Manslaughter. The charge is a felony punishable by possible imprisonment for up to 20 years.
SCSO says that Fletcher was in custody at the Sweetwater County Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance in court, Friday afternoon.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Sweetwater County District Attorney’s Office.