Judge allows man serving time for murder to withdraw his guilty plea

Published: May. 22, 2023 at 2:09 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - A judge has agreed to allow a man serving nearly three decades behind bars for murder to withdraw his guilty plea.

Wayne Price is serving time for the 2017 murders of his sister and her boyfriend in Fall Creek. He argued that his lawyers didn’t adequately advise him on his options when he pleaded guilty to the charges in 2019. Judge Emily Long, who made the decision in Eau Claire County Court Monday, is the same judge who ordered him to serve 28 and a half years in prison for the deaths.

Investigators said Price shot and killed Elizabeth Price and David Dishneau, then buried their bodies on his property. Price entered into a deal in January of 2019, pleading guilty to amended charges of felony murder and false imprisonment, but when he tried to withdrawal that deal, it was denied.

Price will be held on a $1 million cash bond and will be charged again with five counts, including two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of hiding a corpse, and one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety

A scheduling conference is set for June 19 where a trial will likely be scheduled.