Wyoming man accused of killing mom pleads not guilty

May 16, 2019 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man accused of breaking into his parents’ home and fatally shooting his mother when she confronted him in the living room has pleaded not guilty.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports 27-year-old Andrew Steplock entered pleas Wednesday of not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental illness to four charges, including murder.

Police responded to an alarm south of downtown Casper on Feb. 26 and found 58-year-old Deborah Steplock with a gunshot wound to the head. Her husband was performing first aid, and she was declared brain dead at a hospital.


Deborah Steplock was kept on life support until Feb. 28 to arrange the donation of her organs, which had been her living wish.

Detectives say the son told them he broke into the home to steal from his parents.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com