The next hearing for Kyle Severson, 19, has been reschedule for Monday, July 15, at 8:30 a.m., as charges were filed in district court. Severson is facing charges of deliberate homicide after turning himself into law enforcement following the shooting death of Tyler Hayden, 20.
On July 2, law enforcement were dispatched to the Loaf 'N Jug in Sidney after a call was received that a shooting had occurred in the parking lot. Upon arrival, Sidney Police found Hayden lying face down in the parking lot. Officers checked for a pulse, but were unable to find one. They did locate a bullet wound in the victim's chest. When the ambulance arrived, EMTs attempted to resuscitate Hayden but were unsuccessful.
During that time, Severson turned himself into the Richland County Law and Justice Center. After waiving his right to an attorney, Severson said he was at Loaf 'N Jug with his girlfriend, her sister and his daughter. While Severson was in the vehicle, Hayden and another male entered the store. The defendant said his girlfriend told him Hayden was "giving her looks" inside the store.
A sworn statement by Capt. Mark Kraft stated, "Severson stated that while talking with [his girlfriend] about the interaction with Hayden, Hayden exited the store and got into his vehicle. Severson stated that while backing out of their parking spot he pointed at Hayden, who exited the vehicle he was a passenger in, and approached Severson's vehicle. Severson stated that [his girlfriend], who was driving, stopped the vehicle as Hayden approached and Severson stated that he shot Hayden."
Severson and Hayden had a prior altercation in April 2018, in which Hayden assaulted him, the statement said. Since that incident, Severson said he has carried a gun for protection. The defendant said he had heard of Hayden making threatening remarks about wanting to harm Severson, but had not spoken to Hayden since the 2018 incident.
The shooting was described by the defendant to be a "quick thing." Hayden raised his hands in the air when Severson pointed the gun at him and fired. He told law enforcement he felt scared and didn't want anything to happen to him or anyone in the car in front of his daughter.