CRANDON - Stabbing a man when you're a teenager doesn't mean you'll get tried as a child. That's the case of a Lac du Flambeau teen accused of stabbing a man. Today, we found out he will be tried as an adult.
Seventeen-year-old Christian Soulier is accused of stabbing his mother's boyfriend four times.
Today he had his second preliminary hearing. He got two because he's charged with a crime serious enough to be tried as an adult.
Soulier's attornies had a psychiatrist testify he has panic and anxiety disorders, depression and possibly PTSD. Dr. Kent Berney said the adult system would offer Soulier very limited treatment.
Prosecutor Jodie Bednar Clemmons argued he'd get comparable treatment in juvenile or adult systems.
Judge Leon Stenz ultimately agreed and said the stabbing was too vicious to allow Soulier back in juvenile court. Soulier will be back in court to enter a plea, but a date hasn't been set yet.
MARATHON COUNTY - The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.
A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.
We take you live to Weston and bring you a conversation with a neighbor of Nengmy Vang, the suspect of Wednesday's shooting in the Wausau area that took the life of an officer and 3 other people.
Investigators say Wednesday's shooting started with a domestic incident between Vang and his wife. We'll bring you observations from a domestic abuse advocate and a family law attorney.
And the arguments are done and the case is in the jury for the trial for Kristopher Torgerson, the Wausau man who is accused of killing Stephanie Low and burying her body in Forest County. We'll take you live to Wausau and talk about where the case goes from here.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
MERRILL - The Merrill Fire Department changed its lights from white to blue on Thursday.
In honor of the police officer that died in Wednesday's shooting in Wausau.
Detective Jason Weiland served the Everest Metro Police Department for 15 years.
His death hit home for local men and women in uniform.
"We always talk about the active shooters and all that kind of stuff happens in a big city and it's never going to happen here. Now we have one in Wausau, we are fully prepared that at some point of time in the future it could happen in our community or our response area," said Merrill Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Drury.
WESTON - Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks held back tears in front of a crowded press conference on Thursday afternoon.
"Jason was a phenomenal officer, and he was part of our family," he said, taking a long pause. "It's difficult."
Sparks was talking about Detective Jason Weiland, who was identified Thursday as one of four people killed by a shooter Wednesday afternoon in the greater Wausau area. Weiland was a 15-year veteran of the Everest Metro Police Department, and had served in law enforcement for 18 years.
Two bank employees and a lawyer were also identified as people killed by the shooter.
We still don't know the name of that suspect, but on Thursday, we learned he is a 45-year-old Weston resident. That shooter suffered bullet wounds as part of a standoff, and is expected to survive. He's in custody at a local hospital.
RHINELANDER - Father Randy Knauf thought about history as he walked the aisles of a church he once went to as a boy, knowing soon this church down to the very pew he once sat in... Will completely change.
"It's a 'starting again,'" Knauf said.
Knauf took over as pastor at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Rhinelander last year. He's helped lead a multi-million dollar redesign of St. Mary's church's 55-year-old worship space.
"We expect to be a little tight this summer, but it's worth it in the long run," Knauf said.
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