Saunders pleads not guilty to Aggravated Assault

(Lander, Wyo.) – Frisco Saunders, the former Riverton Police Captain suspected of attempting to run his ex-wife over with a vehicle, pleaded not guilty this morning in Wyoming’s Ninth District Court.

Saunders made his plea before Judge Marvin Tyler via video conference arraignment. A jury trial was requested and will likely be set for early November. Saunders said in open court that a plea agreement had not been reached.

Saunders faces a single charge of Aggravated Assault and Battery, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines. Read more background on the case here.

Saunders’s defender, Dan Caldwell, asked Tyler for a reduction to the bond amount. It is currently set at $100,000 cash only. Caldwell argued that the state has no real evidence that Saunders struck his ex-wife with the vehicle and called it a “he said, she said” case. With family and children in Riverton, Caldwell said Saunders was not a flight risk. He requested a reduction to $10,000 cash or surety.

Caldwell also reported that Saunders, having previously been in law enforcement, has been kept isolated from the general county jail population.

Deputy County Attorney Timothy Hancock said the crime was serious, that Saunders has previously threatened to shoot his ex-wife, and that the bond was appropriate.

Tyler said he would consider making adjustments to the bond and would issue an order probably by some time on Wednesday.