CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Natrona County prosecutors, led by District Attorney Dan Itzen, rested their case Thursday in Andrew Steplock’s murder trial.
Andrew Steplock at his initial appearance in Casper, Wyo on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019.
Prosecutors allege Andrew Steplock shot his mother, Deborah Steplock, Feb. 26. She died from her wounds days later.
Thursday’s testimony started with Casper Police Detective Aaron Trujillo. He said he found .40 caliber ammunition, consistent with what Wyoming State Crime Laboratory technicians said was found in Deborah Steplock.
The prosecution also put Dr. Michael Berson on the stand. He is the pathologist who performed Deborah Steplock’s autopsy.
He said she was shot from intermediate range, which means the gun was six to 18 inches from her.
He said the bullet entered her left temporal area, traveled around the skull, before lodging in the right side of her brain.
Berson also said he found stippling on her hands.
After Berson’s testimony, the prosecution rested. The defense then asked Judge Daniel Forgey to dismiss charges, which he denied.
The defense then started its case calling the defendant’s sister, Elizabeth Steplock, to testify. She said her brother was a funny and bighearted kid but changed when he was a teenager. She said he had been withdrawing from the family for years.
She also said she spoke with Andrew Steplock days before the incident. She said he was coherent and able to hold a conversation.
The trial is scheduled to resume Friday at 9:30 a.m. when Andrew Steplock may testify.
Forgey said the case may go to the jury Friday.