Wisconsin Attorney General To Personally Prosecute Alleged Deer Hunter Killer

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Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she'll personally handle the preliminary hearing of the Minnesota man accused of shooting eight northwestern Wisconsin, killing six and injuring two.

Chai Soua Vang faces multiple charges of murder and attempted murder.

The attorney general says she wants to prosecute Vang personally because of her "personal interest" in cases involving crimes against people. Her last prosecution was in the case of a kidnapper of a 12-year-old girl in the late 1990s, when she was a U-S attorney.

This will be Lautenschlager's first courtroom appearance since being elected in 2002. Vang is accused to killing six Rice Lake area hunters and wounding two in southern Sawyer County in November.

Governor Doyle had argued cases before the U-S Supreme Court and state Supreme Court when he was the attorney general for 12 years.

Lautenschlager also says she expects to run a second four-year term in 2006.