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Greeley man pleads not guilty by reason of mental illness in Pine Bluffs murder case

Rodrigo Vigner Turcios-Romero (Laramie County Sheriff's Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Yigner Rodrigo Turcios-Romero, a man from Greeley, Colorado, has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental illness to first-degree murder charges. The pleas were entered in Laramie County District Court on May 21 before Judge Robin Cooley.

Turcios-Romero’s trial was initially set for March 15, 2023. However, proceedings were delayed as he was found incompetent to stand trial and required treatment at the Wyoming State Hospital. Following his restoration to competency, a re-arraignment was scheduled.

With the change of plea he will now undergo further evaluation for mental illness at the time of the incident by the state hospital. The case is currently suspended awaiting those evaluations.

The charges stem from an incident on a Sunday afternoon in September 2022, when deputies responded to an assault with a gun on the 300 block of CR-161 in Pine Bluffs. According to a news release from the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, deputies discovered a 37-year-old male victim with gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.