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James Lussier arrested in Oshkosh, wanted in Valliere murder caseSubmitted: 02/18/2018
OSHKOSH - After a statewide search, police arrested the fifth and final suspect wanted in connection to a Lac du Flambeau man's murder.  The state Department of Justice announced late Sunday night that James Lussier was arrested in Oshkosh.

The emailed update did not say where in Oshkosh or how Lussier was arrested.

Lussier, 19, had been wanted for more than a week after homicide charges were filed against him, Richard Allen, Joseph Lussier, Curtis Wolfe, and Evan Oungst in the death of Wayne Valliere Jr.  Valliere's body was found Jan. 1 in a heavily wooded area west of Mercer.  According to the criminal complaint, an autopsy showed Valliere was shot eight times.


Iron County issued an arrest warrant for Lussier Feb. 7, the same day charges were filed. All other suspects have been in custody in the Iron County Jail.

According to Sheriff Joe Fath, Lussier tried to turn himself in to the Vilas County Jail on Feb. 9, but a corrections officer jokingly told Lussier he needed to report to Iron County instead. A sergeant then told Lussier to wait in the hallway, but Lussier walked away and hadn't been seen since.

Lussier -- along with the other four suspects -- faces first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse felonies in Iron County. All five are due to make their initial appearances March 5.

Story By: Lane Kimble

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