DA Explains Why Weaver Wasn’t in Jail Prior to Deadly Shooting
Laramie County District Attorney Leigh Anne Grant Manlove says an article published by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on Sept. 20 regarding the prosecution of Andrew Weaver -- the man charged in last week's deadly shooting in east Cheyenne -- was "misleading and inaccurate."
Manlove issued the following statement late Tuesday afternoon:
District Attorney for the First Judicial District of Wyoming, Leigh Anne Grant Manlove, issued a statement clarifying misinformation published by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on September 20, 2019.
“Andrew Weaver was arrested on Sunday, September 8th and booked into the jail at 11:00AM,” Manlove said. “The next day, Monday, September 9th, the affidavit of probable cause – which is the document that permits us to charge an individual – was received by the office. Later that same day, Mr. Weaver was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft for unauthorized control or transfer of an interest in a Century Arms 9mm handgun, and one count of misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine,” Manlove said.
“The Circuit Court, which was closed that week, file-stamped the Information – which is the charging document
– on Thursday, September 12th. You are charged with a crime when the DA files an Information, so Mr. Weaver
was charged. Unfortunately, by then, Mr. Weaver had not made his Initial Appearance within 72 hours of his arrest, and he was released from the jail on Wednesday, September 11th at 12:03PM,” Manlove said. “The Circuit
Court set his Initial Appearance for Monday, September 16th.”
My grandmother always said, ‘Paper never refused ink,’ and I suppose the modern-day version is ‘The Internet never refused a post,” Manlove said. “In this instance, it seems the media did not look at the court’s schedule or the file-stamped documents or even something as simple as the date on the Information, and as a result misleading and inaccurate information has been disseminated to our community, which is a disservice,” Manlove said.
Weaver was charged by Information, filed with the Court on September 18, 2019, with the September 16th murder of two people, attempted murder of a third victim, and aggravated assault and battery against two others.
The investigation of the September 16th crimes is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Cheyenne Police Department.