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Mar 14, 2014 - The Associated Press

Shooter delusional, says doctor

CHEYENNE -- A doctor says a Cheyenne man facing a possible death sentence suffers from a delusional disorder.

A jury in Cheyenne is hearing testimony this week about whether 34-year-old Nathaniel Castellanos should receive the death penalty or life in prison.

The jury last week found Castellanos guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of 21-year-old Corey Walker and 25-year-old Megan McIntosh. The jury also found him guilty of attempted first-degree murder against another woman.

The shootings happened at Castellanos's Cheyenne home in August 2011. He claimed an unknown assailant did the shooting.

Dr. Jeff Victoroff testified for the defense on Thursday that Castellanos has a weak hold on reality. Victoroff is an associate professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry at the University of Southern California.

Moose count encouraging

JACKSON -- Biologists say a recent count has them encouraged about the future of the moose population in Jackson Hole after years of declines.

Volunteers and biologists recently counted 275 moose in the valley, an increase of almost 40 animals compared to last year.

The count included a large number of young moose -- 37 calves for every 100 cows. That number is up considerably from recent years.

Biologists also note that moose habitat appears to be in good shape in the Jackson Hole area.

The local moose population has declined by some 85 percent since the 1980s. The decline began before wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in the mid-1990s.

Out-of-state death investigated

Police in Oklahoma say they suspect foul play in the death of a former Casper man there.

Twenty-two-year-old Mason Connor Orr was found dead in his apartment in Tulsa on Sunday by his roommate. Tulsa police say they're seeking a man named as a suspect in bank robbery in Missouri on Monday as a person of interest in Orr's death.

Orr moved to Tulsa last month from Colorado. Police said they hadn't had any contact with him before his death.

Snowmobiler dies near border

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- A snowmobiler has died after he tried to jump a creek near the Montana-Wyoming border and crashed.

Park County, Mont., officials said the man crashed shortly after noon Thursday not far rom Cooke City, Mont., and that search and rescue members arrived within minutes. The man died at the scene after resuscitation efforts failed.

The coroner's office will release the man's name and home town after his family is notified.

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