A family-owned daily newspaper serving Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming since 1949

Man charged in shooting death outside nightclub

Oct 9, 2013 - The Associated Press

CASPER -- A 33-year-old former Marine has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a man outside a strip club near Casper.

John Henry Knospler Jr. made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday. If convicted, he could face from 20 years to life in prison.

Police say 24-year-old James Baldwin was shot to death early last Friday morning.

Witnesses told police that Baldwin was shot next to a car, which then drove away.

Police arrested Knospler shortly after.

The defendant's attorney noted that Knospler was a U.S. Marine veteran who served tours in Iraq and was honorably discharged. He maintained Knospler acted in self-defense.

Natrona County Circuit Judge Michael Patchen set bond at $500,000 cash or surety.

Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.

County Weather

Photo Gallery

Twitter Feed (Follow Us!)

Contact Us  © 2017 Riverton Ranger, Inc.