Robbery motive in triple Wyo. killing

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Two teens charged in a triple homicide in a small Wyoming town told investigators they stole a pair of handguns from a gun store and planned to flee by stealing an SUV, leading to the slayings of its owner and her elderly parents.

Stephen Hammer, 19, and Tanner Vanpelt, 18, both of Cody, made their first court appearance Tuesday in a case that has rattled residents of the small town of Clark near the Wyoming-Montana border.

Each is charged with 11 felony counts, including premeditated murder, use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy and murder in the course of a robbery. Some of the charges could carry the death penalty.

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