Andrew Steplock enters plea of ‘not-guilty’ in mother’s murder

Andrew Steplock makes his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A man accused of shooting his mother in late February has entered a plea of “not-guilty,” according to Natrona County District Court.

Andrew Wayne Steplock had his District Court Arraignment scheduled for Wednesday morning, where the plea was entered.

Steplock faces charges of Felony Murder, Murder in the 2nd Degree, Aggravated Burglary, and Possession of a Firearm with Unlawful Purpose. He is accused of fatally shooting his mother, 58-year-old Deborah Steplock, during the early morning hours of February 26th.

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Andrew Steplock was was arrested in Larimer County, Colorado late February 26th and has been in custody since. He was later transported to the Natrona County Detention Center where he remains on a million dollar cash-only bond.

The incident is alleged to have happened inside a private home near the intersection of Center and East Tenth Streets. Police arrived at the home around 1 a.m., on February 26th, responding to a security alarm when they discovered the scene. The victim’s husband was reportedly performing first aid when police arrived.

Police said multiple agencies have been involved in the case including local, federal, and state agencies as well as agencies in Colorado.