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First arguments to jury heard in case of 2011 Oneida County attempted robbery, shootingSubmitted: 01/22/2018
RHINELANDER - A jury of eight men and six women will decide whether a 30-year-old Wisconsin man is guilty of a 2011 shooting near Three Lakes.

The trial against Edwin Hughes started Monday morning in Oneida County Court.

Prosecutors accuse Hughes of three felonies tied to a botched armed robbery seven years ago. That attempted robbery ended with the victim alive, but shot in the knees.

Police believe Hughes and Daniel Frausto broke into the home of Donald DalPonte in February 2011, seeking to steal his money. DalPonte owned Weasel's, a gentleman's club in Three Lakes, at the time.


Frausto gave a 2012 confession to police in which he said he and Hughes forced their way into DalPonte's home. While trying to intimidate DalPonte into giving up money, Hughes shot DalPonte through the knees. They ended up leaving without taking anything of value.

Lawyers in the case spent most of the morning in jury selection. Just before noon, they gave their opening statements.

Oneida County District Attorney Mike Schiek promised the jury they would hear enough evidence to convict Hughes. Defense attorney Beth Svehlek argued no weapon or fingerprints were ever found, and Frausto's account isn't credible.

In addition to the Oneida County charges, Hughes currently faces burglary, theft, or robbery charges in Fond du Lac, Dane, Calumet and Outagamie counties.

The Oneida County trial is scheduled to last through Wednesday.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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