WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. – The man accused of shooting and killing a woman in Wheat Ridge last Friday night told police the woman had injured herself when he left his home to buy cigarettes, but officers had trouble believing his story, according to police documents released Tuesday.
Randy Allan William, 64, faces one count of first-degree murder, according to court records. He had an advisement hearing Monday, according to the records.
William was arrested just before 6:30 a.m. last Saturday after police found 31-year-old Jennifer Myers dead inside his home. His arrest affidavit originally carried second-degree murder and tampering with evidence counts that were forwarded to the district attorney’s office, along with the first-degree murder charge.
According to the affidavit, William and Myers had both been drinking at the Thunderbird Bar on Friday evening. Employees at the bar told officers that Myers had been cut off and asked to leave the bar around 6:30 p.m., and she left with William, according to the affidavit.
It’s unclear what happened over the next four-plus hours, but at 11:21 p.m. that night, William called 911 to report that his “girlfriend” was bleeding from the face and was drunk, though he said she was conscious and breathing, according to the affidavit.
But Arvada Fire Protection District first responders who arrived to the scene found Myers and noted she had “an apparent gunshot to the head” and was “obviously deceased.”
Officers spoke to William outside of the home in the 10700 block of W. 46th Avenue. He told them he’d met Myers at a bar earlier that evening and that they’d gone to his house and continued drinking.
He told police he went to a gas station to buy cigarettes, and said when he got back, he found Myers injured inside and called 911. He later told officers he didn’t know Myers’s name, but said they’d had consensual sex after going back to his house after the bar.
And officers noted that some of the blood at the scene appeared to have been wiped across the scene, and that there was also blood on the walls and ceiling that officers couldn’t explain how it got there.
Further, police reviewed a neighbor’s home surveillance video and discovered that William was walking in and out of his home in the 10 minutes before he called 911. In one of the instances, police wrote that William had two rifle cases in his hand. An officer believed he heard a gunshot in one of the videos, according to the affidavit.
William denied carrying the rifle cases and denied shooting Myers, though police recovered a rifle on the side of his property.
Court records indicate that William will learn his formal charges at a Friday court hearing. He has no criminal history in Colorado, according to records, though his vehicle was registered in South Dakota.