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March 01, 2012 9:46 am

Cody man charged with first-degree murder

Written by CJ Baker

A 28-year-old Cody man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Sunday night killing of his wife at her Cody home.

Myron J. Friday made his initial appearance in Cody's Circuit Courtroom this (Thursday) morning, where Judge Bruce Waters set his bail at $1 million. Friday has been jailed since his arrest at 6:15 p.m. Monday; the arrest followed a day-long search for Friday that included a search plane.

The man's wife, 44-year-old Julie Friday, was found dead at her 33rd Street home by one of her teenage children around 11 p.m. Sunday. At a press conference the following day, Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam said Julie Friday “definitely” died from unspecified trauma and described Myron Friday as the department’s “primary suspect.”

Following his arrest, Myron Friday was booked into the Park County Detention Center on suspicion of second-degree murder.

“That’s what he’s being held on at this point,” said Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric on Wednesday afternoon, and he declined to say what charge would be filed.

“Obviously, the case remains under investigation, and we’re working on it,” Skoric said.

On Thursday, his office filed the first-degree murder charge, which alleges Friday committed the killing "purposely and with premeditated malice." The lesser offense of second-degree murder applies when an individual commits the crime "purposely and maliciously, but without premeditation."

In court, Deputy Park County Attorney Tim Blatt said that, according to the affidavit of probable cause compiled by police, Friday was the only one who would have been at the house with Julie Friday at the time of her death. Blatt also said that when Myron Friday was apprehended, he was wearing shoes that matched bloody shoe prints found at Julie Friday's home.

Blatt was unsuccessful in asking Friday be held without bail.

Rockvam said the timeline of the incident was a factor in why Friday was being considered as a suspect.

Friday reportedly left the residence on foot. Rockvam announced Monday morning that police were seeking Friday for questioning, and officers followed up several leads during the day. A citizen ultimately tipped police off that Friday was at a C Street residence about a half-mile away from his home.

Friday had been living with his wife at the time of the incident. Court records indicate Friday was charged with misdemeanor crimes in 2011 in connection with two altercations with his wife — including one where he reportedly broke her cell phone and kicked in her door. Records indicate that alcohol was involved.

Rockvam said police were called to the 33rd Street home “numerous” times over the years. Police executed two search warrants at the home following the Sunday incident, but as of press time Wednesday, they had not been returned to Circuit Court and therefore the documents were not yet publicly available.

Editor's note: This version corrects Julie Friday's age.

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