Nickelson bound over for trial on second degree murder charges in Myhre shooting death

Dustin Dean Nickelson

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 24-year-old Riverton man charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Lucas Myhre on September 13th has been bound over to Fremont County District Court for trial. The action was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Wesley A. Roberts Wednesday who determined there was sufficient evidence to support the charges brought against Dustin Dean Nickelson. Roberts continued Nickelson’s bond at $1-million and he remains in custody in the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander.

Nickelson had earlier waived his right to a speedy arraignment and the reset docket was heard Wednesday morning.

According to an affidavit filed to support the Second Degree Murder charge, Riverton Police Department Detective Sergeant Julie Mathews said officers were called to 811 East Adams, apartment #2, on a report of multiple gunshots on the evening of September 13th. According to the affidavit, the RPD dispatcher on duty reported that several female subjects were heard to be screaming in the background and the caller reported a man had been shot.

Upon arrival, Sgt. Levi Hallock found a man laying face down on the sidewalk in front of the apartment. The man was later identified as Myhre.

When police began asking witnesses about the location of the gun, the affidavit stated that “Dustin Nickelson advised that he had shot the man lying on the ground,” and he also advised Sgt. Hallock “the gun was lying on the counch inside of apartment #2.” Hallock then recovered the weapon, identified in court records as a .45 ACP Sar handgun.

At that point, Nicholson was placed under arrest.

Hallock was quoted in the affidavit as saying that Myhre had been shot in the head, once in the chest and once at an angle into his chest. Two Riverton police officers rendered first-aid on Myhre for a period of 10 minutes, but no signs of life were noted during the resuscitation attempt. Hallock also observed that the victim’s eyes were dilated and he wasn’t breathing, according to the affidavit.

The Second Degree Murder charge is a felony punishable by imprisonment of not less than 20 years.