Subscribe | E-Editions | River News 75Ę | Super Shopper - FREE | About Us | Contact Us | FREE Classified Ė Items Under $50
The Northwoods River News | Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Flanders Realty Group

home : news : city news
July 20, 2019

6/13/2019 7:27:00 AM
Prosecution petitions for amendments to Wolfe charges before trial
Abigail Bostwick
of the Lakeland Times

Prosecutors are preparing for a December jury trial for the last of five men to be charged in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man more than a year ago.

Curtis Wolfe, 27, Lac du Flambeau, has yet to reach a plea agreement with the state and is set for a mid-December jury trial in Iron County Circuit Court before Judge Patrick Madden. Wolfe faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon (as party to a crime), conspiracy and hiding a corpse as a habitual criminal(as party to a crime) in the death and concealment of Wayne Valliere, Jr., 25. Wolfe is represented by public defender Attorney Fred Bourg.

Originally handed the same charges as Wolfe were Evan Oungst, 29; Richard Allen, 28; Joseph Lussier, 28; and James Lussier, 20.

According to the petition to file amended information from the prosecutors, assistant attorneys general Richard Dufour and Chad Verbeten, the state is requesting a change to the first count for Wolfe, meaning it would now read first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime while armed with a dangerous weapon.

"... the change to add the general party to a crime language, rather than conspiracy, does not prejudice the defendant," the petition notes.

In the second charge, the petition asks for a change to the penalty section, as the state says it inadvertently used older language.

The petition notes the amendments will not prejudice Wolfe's rights, and he and his defense had six months from the filing to the jury trial to prepare.

In a motion filed by the prosecution, certain testimony has been requested to be excluded at trial.

Included in that would be that all witnesses are excluded throughout the trial with the exception of Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Special Agent Micheal Reimer, lead investigator in the Valliere case. Additional exceptions would be Valliere's mother, father and sister.

Additional requests include that both the prosecution and state can have seven objections to a juror and have alternates separate from the other jurors and public. Further, parties would be precluded from asking witnesses whether they have any prior convictions. However, should Wolfe testify, the state indicates 17 prior convictions of his would be applicable to consider.

Also, the defense would be precluded from introducing evidence of other acts of the victim or any witnesses. Both sides must follow the witness list and not call any new witnesses during trial.

Allen and Joseph Lussier were found guilty last August and have been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

James Lussier pled guilty to lesser charges of felony murder/battery as parties to a crime/conspiracy and two counts of harboring aiding a felony as party to a crime and is serving a 30- year prison sentence, 15 in incarceration, 15 on monitoring.

Most recently, Oungst pled guilty to amended charge of second degree reckless homicide as party to a crime and hiding a corpse as party to a crime. He awaits sentencing in September. Also as part of the plea agreement, he pled guilty to nine counts of harboring/aiding a felon as party to a crime and four counts of manufacture or deliver a prescription drug.

The Wolfe jury trial is on the court calendar for Dec. 9-15 with all motions required to be filed by both sides two weeks before. An all-day motion hearing will be held Nov. 14.

He is being held in the Iron County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, and meet the comment guidelines (see "Comment Guidelines" at right). There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search
search sponsored by

Subscription Login

Today's Circulars
Print-N-Save Coupons
Order photo reprints

Advertising Information

Community Connections
Submit to Newspaper...

Ced Vig's books for sale
Kris Gilbertson's 'I Recall...'

Relay for Life

Reader Poll

Should people be allowed to use the internet to distribute directions for making 3-D printed plastic guns?

Please select one:
I need more information before offering an opinion.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results
Reader Poll

Do you agree with the School District of Rhinelanderís decision to dismiss football coach Chris Ferge?

Please select one:
I have no opinion.

View Results
Reader Poll

Which of the following best describes your reaction to the Republicans move to curtail the power of Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul?

Please select one:
I have no issue with it. Itís a normal part of todayís politics.
Itís unconscionable, but Iím confidant the courts will overturn the bills.
Iím OK with it as long as both parties are allowed to do it.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results
Reader Poll

Which City of Rhinelander elected officials should be recalled?

Please select one:
All of them. The mayor and the entire Common Council.
I would recall the council but keep the mayor.
I would recall the mayor but keep the council.
Everyone but alderman Emmer, as he was just appointed.
Frederickson, Sauer, Holt, Rossing and Larson.
Rog, Kirby and Kelly.

View Results
Reader Poll

Do you intend to apply to attend the Future Rhinelander Academy or to participate in one of the mayorís workgroups?

Please select one:
I'm undecided at this point.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results

Facebook | All Things | Wisconsin Lottery | The Lakeland Times - affiliate | Winter Road Conditions | Snow/Trail Conditions

The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC
232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361

Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121
Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Site Design and Content | Copyright 2019 1up!

Software © 1998-2019 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved