Thayer pleads not guilty to stabbing; Moore pleads not guilty to larceny; Norris pleads not guilty in $39k forgery case

By Joshua Scheer, reporter,

(Lander, Wyo.) – A number of arraignments occurred this afternoon in Lander’s Ninth District Court, most notably one for stabbing suspect Heto Thayer who pleaded not guilty.

Thayer is being held in the Fremont County Detention Center on $75,000 bond. He is alleged to have stabbed Kimberly Potter in the back at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Riverton on Feb. 10.

The arraignment, in which Judge Norman E. Young reads rights and presents the charges to the defendant, went quickly. Thayer is charged with two aggravated assault and battery charges, each dealing with different aspects of the alleged stabbing. Young said Thayer could only be convicted on one charge. The charges each carry sentences of up to 10 years in prison or $10,000 in fines or both.

With little discussion, Thayer pleaded not guilty. His trial has been set for 1:30 p.m. on July 29.

Read more about the case here.

Additionally, Chance James Moore, the suspect in a Nov. 29, 2012, theft of the Maverik store in Lander. He is charged with a single count of larceny, which carries with it up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. He pleaded not guilty. Moore is also the suspect in an arson that occurred in December. He has pleaded not guilty to charges related to those events. Read more about his case here.

Hailey June Norris, 21, the suspect in a $39,000 check fraud case, also pleaded not guilty. Norris is charged with one count of forgery and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses. Both are felonies and punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines or both per charge.

According to the case’s affidavit, First Interstate Bank in Lander observed strange charges on an account for Arleen LeClair. It was allegedly determined that Norris had been writing checks to herself from LeClair’s account and forging her name. LeClair reportedly told the bank that she had not given Norris permission to write checks. LeClair is Norris’s grandmother.

“Hailey Norris admitted to finding Arleen LeClair’s check book in her truck and wrote out all of the checks and signed her grandmother’s name and made the checks out to herself,” the affidavit states about an interview with police. “When asked where she spent the money, Hailey Norris indicated she spent it at the casinos, WalMart, and Mark’s Auto where she purchased a truck.”

The checks were written between Nov. 16, 2012, and Jan. 22, 2013.

Norris’s attorney James Whiting told the court a plea agreement was in the works.

Deputy County Attorney Ember Oakley said new charges against Norris were filed today related to stealing firearms. Details about the new charges were not readily available. Oakley and Whiting asked Young to return Norris’s $12,500 bond to the man who posted it and set a new bond. Norris would be taken into custody for the new charges, essentially turning herself in for bond revocation, Whiting said. Young accepted the arrangement.