By Clair McFarland, General Assignment Reporter
Accused of nearly shooting a local couple while hunting, a Wyoming Republican Party national committeewoman and two-time state House candidate from Cody pleaded not guilty Friday morning to a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangering, according to the office of the Cody Circuit Court Clerk.
Nina Webber, 58, reportedly pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge and has been set for a June 1 jury trail. Webber is not in police custody, a court staffer told Cowboy State Daily after the hearing.
Webber did not immediately respond Friday to a message and a voicemail requesting comment.
Wyoming law defines reckless endangering as reckless conduct that places others in danger of death or serious bodily injury. The crime is punishable by up to one year in jail.
The charge stems from Nov. 30, 2022, when Webber was implicated in what the Park County Sheriff’s Office called an “unsafe hunting” incident on the Northfork Highway outside of Cody.
There were no injuries or property damage reported, the agency said in a Dec. 5 statement to its Facebook page.
Trout Creek Ranch Manager Cory Williams said he and his wife were forced to seek cover outside their home that morning as bullets rained down on them, the Powell Tribune reported in December. The bullets reportedly came from a group of hunters shooting on the opposite, southern side of the North Fork Highway.
Williams said one bullet “whizzed” by his head.
Webber ran against Rep. Sandy Newsome, R-Cody, in the House 24 Republican primary last August, a rematch of the 2020 race. Although this year’s election was much closer than 2020, Webber lost by 83 votes.
She then contested the results of the election, demanding a recount. A recount was performed at her expense, returning the exact same results.