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Murder victim, suspect have ties to Fremont County

Feb 29, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Cody police have apprehended the man who has been identified as the prime suspect in the Sunday death of his wife, a Riverton High School graduate and former Fremont County resident.

In a statement posted on the City of Cody's website, officials say Myron James Friday, 28, of Cody, was arrested at about 6:15 p.m. Monday after a citizen's tip led police to a residence in Cody.

Myron Friday is being held on one count of second-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 26 death of his wife, Julie Joyce (Richards) Friday, according to the Park County Sheriff's website,

Published news reports list Julie Friday's age as 34. However, an obituary provided by her family in Fremont County says she was 44 years old.

Police responded to a call about the homicide just after 11 p.m. Sunday. After Myron Friday was identified as a suspect in his wife's death, law enforcement in Montana and Wyoming were asked to be on watch.

Because the couple was originally from Fremont County, police in the area were

notified about the search by the Cody Police Department.

"They contacted us and said to be on the lookout, and then called later and advised that he had been arrested," said Riverton police Capt. C.T. Smith.

According to an obituary, Julie Friday had relocated to Cody five years ago and was employed in a health care profession.

Published reports state Myron Friday had a violent past, and that Cody police responded to several calls of domestic violence at the couple's residence before Sunday's incident.

According to documents at the Lander Circuit Court, Myron Friday had numerous encounters with Fremont County law enforcement before relocating to Cody.

Since 2000, he has been arrested for three counts of battery, two of which involved a household member; two counts of minor in possession; four counts of interference with a peace officer; and two other family violence cases.

Court documents state Myron Friday was arrested for battery on a household member in 2006 in Park County. While in Cody, he was arrested for interference with a peace officer, breach of peace, criminal trespass, interference with an emergency call and property destruction.

A memorial service for Julie Friday has been scheduled for 10 a.m. March 2 at the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.

Her obituary said the 1985 RHS graduate was a mother of three and a grandmother.

Several people expressed their condolences to her family on an online funeral home guestbook.

Pamela Cowling said Julie Friday was "a shining light through high school and beyond."

Another classmate, Michelle DeForest Thomas, wrote that Julie Friday's life provided memories "too beautiful to forget."

Other's noted her "amazing heart" and her "infectious laughter."

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