- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A panel has chosen three nominees to become the next state district court judge in Albany County.

Gov. Matt Mead will choose one of the three to succeed retiring Judge Jeffrey Donnell.

Cases before Donnell in 19 years on the bench included the 1998 slaying of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Russell Henderson pleaded guilty in Donnell’s court to first-degree murder.

The state Judicial Nominating Commission announced Monday it has chosen Cheyenne attorneys Robin Sessions Cooley and Peter Froelicher and Laramie attorney Tori Kricken to succeed Donnell.

Mead now has 30 days to choose name the next judge.

The commission is made up of three attorneys elected by the Wyoming State Bar and three non-lawyers appointed by the governor.

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