July 29 trial set for man accused in Lander death

Jul 24, 2013 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Last-minute talks among lawyers at a pre-trial failed to produce a plea agreement for a Lander man facing a murder and a sexual assault charge. The trial of John Thomas Hereford will begin July 29 and likely last until Aug. 6.

A deal seemed possible in the opening minutes of the hearing last week in Lander District Court.

Judge Norman E. Young began saying he did not think any plea agreements were being discussed, and Fremont County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Bennett said that was the case.

Hereford is charged in the Sept. 11 shooting death of Travis Armajo, 32, of Lander, at a house Hereford was renting in Lander. Hereford, who was 24 at the time, also faces charges alleging he confined Armajo's fiancee and sexually assaulted her.

A previous version of this story misidentified the defendant. The correction was made July 26.

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