Accused Deer Hunter Killer Enters Plea in Court

By: December 29, 2004
By: December 29, 2004

The attorney for the St. Paul man accused of fatally shooting six Wisconsin hunters and wounding two others says they're exploring a possible insanity defense.

Steven Kohn says Thursday's innocent pleas by Chai Soua Vang doesn't preclude that possibility.

Vang conceded there's enough evidence to hold him for trial by waiving his preliminary hearing during a court appearance in Sawyer County Circuit Court .

Kohn says the defense has not yet decided whether to ask for the trial's venue to be changed. The hunters killed and wounded November 21st were from the Rice Lake area.

Vang was shackled for his court appearance , with two sheriff's deputies standing directly behind him in the courtroom.

Family members of the victims watched from the front row of courtroom seating. Other family members and acquaintances watched by closed circuit T-V in a room nearby.

Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager is prosecuting the case, despite undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

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