A 24-year-old Casper man was the victim of an apparent homicide at Rack’s Gentleman’s Club early Friday morning.
James Baldwin died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson.
Pennsylvania resident John Henry Knospler Jr., 33, was charged with a single count of second-degree homicide at his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court. If convicted, he could face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.
And this fall John Knospler Jr. and James “Kade” Baldwin were both at Racks Gentlemen’s Club on the night of Oct. 3. Witnesses said Knospler was asked to leave but remained in his car in the strip club’s parking lot.
Baldwin, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, was asked to leave a bit later, around midnight. A bouncer said Baldwin walked toward a car that he apparently believed to be his friend’s, and tried to open the passenger-side door. The door appeared to be locked, and Baldwin walked over to the driver’s side, the witness said.
The bouncer, a key witness in the case, said he did not hear a gunshot. He also could not clearly make out what happened in Baldwin’s final moments. He only saw Baldwin fall and the car drive off. A coroner later said Baldwin died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Miller and Renner are charged with first-degree homicide. Knospler is charged with second-degree homicide.
A Mills Police officer arrived on the scene about 12:23 a.m., five minutes after the initial call came in. A group of people were applying towels and pressure to Baldwin as he bled. Wyoming Medical Center paramedics and the officer pronounced Baldwin dead on scene at 12:35 a.m.
A Natrona County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle matching the 911 call’s description of the suspect’s car at 12:25 a.m. at the intersection of First and Wolcott streets in Casper, according to the affidavit.