Charges dismissed in Cheyenne homicide

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.- Charges have been dismissed, and refiled, against a Cheyenne man accused of shooting and killing a man last Fall.

On Tuesday (1/9/18), Laramie County Circuit Court Judge Denise Nau dismissed charges against Armando Ramirez-Serna, 21. He’s accused of the November death of Justin Robinson, 19, whose body was found in a reservoir near the Hereford Ranch after deputies responded to a burning vehicle.

Serna had been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, first-degree arson and concealing a felony.

Judge Nau dismissed the charges, saying there was no evidence to connect the robbery to the shooting or that anything was stolen, that Serna burned the body along with the SUV, or that the body was concealed.

After the dismissal, Laramie County District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg filed new charges of first-degree murder, attempted robbery and third-degree arson.

Sandburg said the decision by Nau was not anticipated. Not only did he argue that if a body is taken out in the county and disposed of, it's considered concealing, but he also added, "Reasonable minds can disagree."