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Plea deal apparently reached in 2012 Cody murder case

A 29-year-old man charged with murdering his wife in Cody in February 2012 is set to accept an unspecified plea deal this week, according to a court schedule released by the Park County Attorney’s Office.

 

 

Myron Friday has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 44-year-old Julie Friday on Feb. 26, 2012.

Cody police said Julie Friday was stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver at the 33rd Street home she was sharing with Myron Friday. Police said a shoe print at the scene of the crime appeared to match shoes worn by Myron Friday, his phone was found near Julie Friday’s body and he had been dropped off at the home prior to the incident. He’s been jailed since being arrested on Feb. 27, 2012, held on a $1 million bond.

Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric filed notice last May that he intended to seek the death penalty for Friday if a jury convicted him of first-degree murder. Friday has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

A trial was scheduled to start in May and last as long as five weeks, but a docket of upcoming court hearings released by Skoric’s office showed Friday was scheduled for a change of plea and sentencing hearing on Thursday morning.

“That’s what it’s set for,” Skoric said Monday.

Such a setting indicates a plea agreement has been reached, but Skoric would not comment on whether that’s the case. A phone message for Nick Beduhn, one of Friday’s court-appointed defense attorneys, wasn’t immediately returned.

If, as the scheduling indicates, a plea agreement is in place, it would mean Skoric agreed not to pursue the death penalty. Anything less than that — up to a sentence of life in prison — would remain possibilities.

Any agreement would have to be approved by District Court Judge Robert Skar, who is presiding in the case.

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