Correction: The original version of this story said Cassie Craven was an attorney with the Wyoming Liberty Group. As it relates to this case, Craven is a court-appointed attorney for Chasity Jacobs. The mistake was due to an editing and reporting error. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle regrets the error.
CHEYENNE – The court case of a Cheyenne woman who was the passenger in a high-speed chase and shootout in Cheyenne was bound over to Laramie County District Court on Friday at her preliminary hearing.
Chasity Jacobs, 19, appeared in Laramie County Circuit Court on Friday in front of Circuit Judge Denise Nau. She is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree accessory to murder, reckless endangering with a firearm and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine.
This was the second time Jacobs had to have a preliminary hearing because the first time she incorrectly filled out an affidavit to get a court-appointed attorney.
At the hearing Friday, Jason Moon of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation testified to the facts of the case. Jacobs’ DNA was found on some of the guns involved in the shooting, according to testimony.
After Moon testified to the allegations in the court documents, Cassie Craven, a court-appointed attorney representing Jacobs, asked him if any officers actually saw Jacobs shooting a gun.
Moon said they did not.
She also asked him if he could tell when Jacobs’ DNA was on the guns and if it could be determined when her DNA was put on the guns.
Moon said he didn’t know, but an expert might be able to answer that question.
Officers also interviewed several citizens that witnessed the shooting, and Craven asked Moon if any of the citizens said they saw Jacobs shooting a gun – to which he replied they didn’t.
Moon did say there was a jail phone call placed by Dominique Childers, the other person charged in the shooting, where he said “she got behind that firecracker” – firecracker is slang for gun.
Moon also said there was another phone call placed by Childers where he said he gave Jacobs a gun and she started helping him shoot at officers.
According to court documents and Moon’s testimony:
Jacobs and Childers were arrested May 3 after a high-speed chase and shootout along Interstate 25 and throughout downtown Cheyenne. Childers was allegedly driving a stolen 2016 Toyota Camry and reached speeds of about 115 miles per hour during the chase. When the chase went through downtown Cheyenne, the speeds were around 64 mph.
Throughout the chase, multiple shots were fired at a Wyoming Highway Patrol cruiser and a Cheyenne Police Department cruiser, striking both vehicles several times. The chase ended near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on East Pershing Boulevard after Childers was shot by Cheyenne Police Department officers involved in the chase.
During an interview with law enforcement, Childers allegedly told them Jacobs hadn’t fired a gun, and he was responsible.
As officers continued to investigate the case they found DNA evidence belonging to Jacobs on the guns and magazines involved with the shooting. There are also two jail phone call recordings from the Laramie County Detention Center on May 9 made by Jacobs that authorities say implicate Jacobs in the shooting.
Jacobs allegedly admitted to shooting guns during the high-speed chase in a phone call to Jacobs’ mother and a man named Andrew. She said in the recording that Childers took the charges for her even though she was also firing a gun.
“Were you shooting?” the woman presumed to be Jacobs’ mother asked.
“Yeah, but he took the charges so I didn’t get charged with nothin’,” Jacobs is alleged to have said.
In a second phone call with someone named Tyler, Jacobs reaffirmed her role in the shooting.
“Yeah, we were (expletive) shootin’ at ‘em and everything,” Jacobs allegedly said. “It was (expletive) gangster as (expletive), dude, you don’t even know.”
Later in the call, Jacobs allegedly told Tyler they used every bullet they had for both handguns.
One of the bullets Jacobs allegedly fired during the chase hit the Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicle involved in the chase. Another bullet removed from the side of a building at 509 W. 17th St. was tied to the gun Jacobs allegedly used, resulting in the reckless endangerment charge.