A Cody man accused of stabbing his wife to death with a screwdriver may receive
the death penalty if convicted.
Initially booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, Myron Friday, 28, now
faces a 1st-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Julie Friday, 34,
between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.
An autopsy performed in Billings reveals that Julie Friday died from one of
four fatal wounds to the head, face, neck and chest, likely inflicted by a
Phillips-head screwdriver. Numerous other stab wounds were present on her face,
neck and body.
Julie Friday’s unresponsive body was found by her 17-year-old son at their home
on 208 33rd St. after 10 p.m. Sunday. Police arrived on scene by 11:04 p.m. and
pronounced Julie dead.
Bloody shoe prints were found at the scene matching the Nike shoes Myron Friday
was wearing when arrested Monday night after a day-long manhunt, according to a
court affidavit. Blood was also found on his pants.
Julie Friday’s daughter, Shandal Veache, reported to police on Sunday night
that Myron had threatened numerous times to kill her mother if she ever cheated
Police asked when she had last heard him threaten Julie, and Veache replied,
“Yesterday,” the affidavit states.
Veache also said Myron had recently learned Julie had dated other men while
they were separated last year.
Veache said that Myron had given Julie a black eye last week when he was upset
that she was taking muscle relaxants.
In an interview with the 17-year-old son, the affidavit states police learned
that Myron and Julie Friday had been watching a basketball game together Sunday
Around 8:30 p.m., Myron Friday and his teenage step-son were supposed to visit
Veache, but Myron asked to be dropped off back at the Friday residence instead.
The son returned an hour later to find the mobile home door locked. When he
couldn’t get in, he attempted to call his mother’s cellphone and then returned
to his sister’s home for a spare key.
He stopped to buy a Pepsi at Maverik and arrived back at the mobile home just
after 10 p.m. When the deadbolt still prevented him from entering the front
door, he went in through the kitchen door.
He found Julie Friday’s body on the ground next to her dresser. He lifted a
black shirt off his mother’s head and saw that her lips were blue. In checking
for a pulse, he got blood on his hands.
He immediately called his sister, Veache, and she arrived on scene with her
boyfriend, Derek Brantz. She then called 9-1-1 in tears.
Myron left the residence on foot and arrived at Kevin and Suzette Sumpter’s
home four blocks away on Big Horn Avenue around 10:55 p.m.
Suzette Sumpter reported he asked to be driven to the post office or to the
dollar store where Kevin works. Instead, she agreed to drive him to the bowling
Myron Friday left muddy footprints and drops of blood on Suzette’s kitchen
floor. She thought he had been punched.
Police did not locate Myron until Monday night. Someone visiting the home of
Ricky Raile, 239 C St., recognized Myron and called the police. He was arrested
Police Chief Perry Rockvam said Raile was unaware that police were searching
for Myron Friday or that he was suspected in the murder of his wife. Raile is
not currently facing charges.
According to Cody police records, there were nine 9-1-1 calls from the Friday
residence between January 2011 and Feb. 28. The nature of the calls will not be
released. Police visited the residence 11 other times during that period.
Court records show that Myron Friday had a history of domestic violence. He was
charged with two misdemeanor crimes in 2011 for incidents involving his wife.
Myron most recently spent 31 days in the county jail for failing to pay fines
related to a trespass complaint involving his wife and was released Feb. 18. He
had broken her door and cellphone when she attempted to call police.
Myron Friday appeared before Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters on Thursday
morning for a preliminary hearing.
He was advised of his rights and counseled that if convicted he could face the
death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Bail was set at $1 million cash-only.
Myron Friday’s pretrial hearing is 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, in district
(source: Cody Enterprise)