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Mar 5, 2013 3:03 PM by Q2 News

Triple murder suspects charged in Cody court

UPDATE: CODY, WY - Two Cody teenagers, accused of murdering three people in Clark, made their first court appearance in Cody Tuesday morning.

Tanner Vanpelt and Stephen Hammer face eleven counts each related to and including the murders of three people in Clark, Wyoming on Saturday.

Nine of those charges carry a penalty of death or life imprisonment.

On Saturday, a neighbor of the victims discovered the homeowner, Ildiko Freitas, 40, and her parents Janos and Hildegard Volgyessi dead in their home after the suspects fled the scene.

According to the affidavit, Hammer told Park County Lt. Dave Patterson that he was "sorry for shooting that lady" and "they had used the guns stolen from the Cody gun store last week."

Hammer told Patterson that he and Vanpelt were trying to get a car because they wanted to go to Denver due to their involvement in the gun thefts.

Vanpelt told Patterson upon interview at the Park County Detention Center that he had an argument with Ildiko over him taking the black Audi. He then started looking for keys and that led to another argument with Ildiko. He then shot her.

Both men were denied the possibility of posting bond and will remain in the Park County Detention Center until their next court date.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for both men on March 13th at 9 a.m.

A packed courtroom of around 60 people listened for half an hour as each charge was read aloud by Judge Bruce Waters.

Many of the people in the courtroom were young adults who were friends with the two men being charged.

Neither man being charged showed emotion, with Hammer only responding to Waters' questions with "yes" or "no" responses.

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