Accused Deer Hunter Killer Wants Trial Moved From Sawyer County

By: March 1, 2005
By: March 1, 2005

Attorneys for a man accused of fatally shooting six deer hunters and wounding two others in northwestern Wisconsin has asked a judge to move his trial from Sawyer County.

Motions filed Tuesday also seek to prevent prosecutors from using some of the statements Chai Soua Vang made to investigators.

Defense attorney Jonathan Smith says Vang will not be able to get a fair trial in Sawyer County because of pretrial publicity and what Smith describes as "racial and cultural overtones."

Smith says Vang was not properly informed of his constitutional rights before he talked to investigators and allegedly made a confession.

The St. Paul, Minnesota man has pleaded innocent to six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Prosecutors say Vang shot the hunters November 21st after he was asked to leave a deer stand on private property near Rice Lake.

Vang is being held in Sawyer County Jail on two and a-half million dollars bail. The motions will be heard beginning June eighth. The case is set to go to trial September 12th.


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