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Suspect given half-million cash-only bond in murder case

Jerald Fallon (courtesy of the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office)

CASPER, Wyo. —  A man who is facing charges of Second Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault, in the vehicular death of a Casper woman, remains in custody on a half-million dollar bond.

Jerald Thomas Fallon was officially charged during a Natrona County Circuit Court hearing on Monday March 16, 2020. Fallon was arrested on an unrelated warrant on March 2.

An affidavit filed in the case says that Natrona County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe that Fallon struck the victim with his car, causing injuries that lead to the victim’s death.

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Investigators say that Kelly Marie Black, age 42, died from injuries suffered by “high impact and acceleration” on Saturday, February 29. In the affidavit NCSO officials say they believe physical evidence found at a scene, near the U.S. 20/26 bypass, indicated that Black had been struck by a silver passenger vehicle, while the vehicle was travelling in reverse.

Witnesses reported that Black and Fallon had been attending a Christmas party together, and that both were believed to be intoxicated.

Casper Public Safety Communication Center reportedly received a telephone call just after 8:00 pm, February 29, requesting a Citizen Assist, saying that Black had reportedly gotten out of a vehicle driven by Fallon somewhere in the vicinity of North Poplar. Police say that units were dispatched and were unable to locate Black.

Approximately a half hour later, PSCC received a request for a welfare check. The reporting party said that he saw a male drag a female to a vehicle and throw her inside. The reporting party indicated to dispatchers that they were unsure if the woman was alive.

The caller said that he encountered the suspect, later identified as Fallon, near the Shoshoni Bypass, near the I-25 overpass. The reporting party claimed they had stopped because it appeared that Fallon was intoxicated. It was said that Fallon threw the woman into the car, and closed the door on her leg. The caller then said he followed the vehicle to a Casper hotel near North Poplar Street and Crossroads Park.

Law Enforcement investigated the area finding a silver Nissan Armada, and say that Black was discoverd slumped in the front passenger seat.

“Life saving measures were provided by law enforcement on scene until medical personnel arrived,” an NCSO affidavit says. “Black was transported to Wyoming Medical Center by ambulance and was pronounced deceased.”

Investigators confirmed that Fallon’s employer had been having a Christmas party at the hotel. Witnesses told investigators that Fallon had handled Black roughly, escorting her by the arm at a speed she seeming could not keep up with. Law enforcement says that video surveillance at the hotel showed consistencies with those reports.

The NCSO says that law enforcement began a large scale search to locate Fallon in the surrounding areas, but were unsuccessful. Investigators distributed Fallon’s image and identified him as witness to the incident, asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Fallon was ultimately located at a private residence in Mills, where he was taken into custody. Officers also report finding a wrist watch and Columbia jacket, both with blood on them.

Fallon was officially charged with two felonies on March 16th, after being taken into custody on March 3.

Persons found guilty of Second Degree Murder face potential sentences of not less than twenty years in prison. Aggravated Assault and Battery carries a potential penalty of not more than 10-years imprisonment, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. However, court records indicate that Fallon is being charged as a habitual criminal, making him eligible for a potential sentence of life in prison, on either or both charges.