Moyte, Danelle

Danelle Moyte

CHEYENNE – A woman accused of fatally shooting her fiancé has had additional charges brought against her in her first-degree murder case.

Danelle Moyte, 33, of Cheyenne had three counts of child abuse and four counts of aggravated assault and battery filed against her last week. She also is being charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting her fiancé, Christopher Garcia.

Moyte is being held without bond and has her preliminary hearing this Friday in Laramie County Circuit Court.

According to court documents:

Deputies responded to the residence when two juvenile callers, Garcia’s daughter and Moyte’s son, called 911 to report Garcia had been shot by Moyte.

When officers arrived, Moyte was standing outside the house with her son, and she was crying when she told officers she shot Garcia. She told officers the gun she used to shoot Garcia was in the center console of her black 2003 Chevy Tahoe.

Officers quickly secured the 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Deputies also noticed there was a white 2001 Ford F-150 parked and still running in the residence’s driveway. The truck was registered to Garcia.

When officers entered the residence, they found Garcia lying on the floor of the upstairs master bedroom, and he was unresponsive. Officers tried to provide medical care to Garcia, but after he was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, he was pronounced dead.

Garcia was shot on the right side of his chest, and the bullet exited his body from his lower back.

Garcia and Moyte were engaged and had children living with them from other marriages at the residence. Three children under the age of 13 were home when the shooting occurred.

When officers interviewed Moyte, she said “everyone was drinking” and “we never fight.” Moyte told officers she had no injuries, and her clothing showed no signs of a struggle.

Officers noted both Moyte and Garcia’s bodies smelled strongly of alcohol.

Officers also noted due to the bullet holes and position Garcia was found in, it appeared that he was taking off his sweatshirt when he was shot. Officers also found a bullet hole in the bedroom door.

Before the shooting, Garcia and Moyte had gotten into a fight, according to charging documents. Moyte had left the residence to spend time with a friend during the fight, and went back home when Garcia wasn’t there.

She then tried to lock Garcia out of the house, but when he returned, he entered the home through the unlocked back door. When he was home, Moyte told him to leave, but he wouldn’t.

Moyte told officers she didn’t know what to do so she “shot the (expletive) gun,” and she “told him three (expletive) times” to leave. She said Garcia was laughing at her when she was taking the gun out of the safe, charging documents said.

She said she thought Garcia would “beat the shit” out of her, and she shot him in self-defense. However, officers noted that Moyte’s earlier statements that the couple never fought and the lack of a struggle/injuries to Moyte contradicts the claim that the shooting was in self-defense.

Isabella Alves is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s criminal justice reporter. She can be reached at ialves@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3128. Follow her on Twitter at @IsabellaAlves96.

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