Chai Vang Guilty On All Counts In Killing Of Deer Hunters

A guilty verdict Friday for Chai Vang.

The Hmong man accused of killing six white hunters and wounding two others in the woods of Sawyer County was convicted late Friday afternoon on all six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted homicide.

The jury in Circuit Court at Hayward deliberated about three hours before reaching its verdict.

The 36-year-old Vang, a truck driver from St. Paul, Minnesota, testified he was called racial slurs and one of the others fired at him before he opened fire in self-defense. The others had confronted him about trespassing in a tree stand last November 21st.

The two survivors testified Vang shot first, and the only shot fired at Vang was after he had already shot some of the victims.

Each count of first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life prison term.