Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from Wyoming's lone death row inmate. Attorneys for Dale Wayne Eaton had petitioned the nation's highest court in December to consider his case. On Monday, the petition was denied. Eaton was convicted of the 1988 kidnapping, rape and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell, whose hometown was Billings, Mont. He still has other options for appeals. Wyoming last executed a prisoner in 1992.
Cheyenne, WY – With few exceptions, state officials say they still aren't sure how much money Wyoming will get from the federal stimulus package.
Lynn Boomgarden is overseeing the state's effort to study the package. She says Wyoming appears to be eligible for $502 million, but that number may be revised downward. The state may choose to reject some funds, and it will have to apply for others. Boomgarden said it will be two to three weeks before detailed information is available.