CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Three men accused of supplying drugs that may have led to the death of a Wyoming bull rider have been charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute cocaine or heroin.
Twenty-year-old Kyle Walla, 22-year-old Joel D. Murdoch, and 26-year-old Rhett T. Epler were charged Friday in federal court in Cheyenne.The three were being held in federal custody without bond. Bryan Guthrie of Cheyenne died Dec. 2 at age 21. Guthrie was ranked as high as third in bull riding in January in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association but was knocked out of competition with a leg injury in March.
Laramie County Coroner Marty Luna says his office has not determined a cause of death for Guthrie and is waiting for toxicology reports. Assistant U.S. attorney L. Robert Murray declined to discuss specifics of the case because it is an ongoing investigation.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday to determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.