Man accused in Valliere homicide seeking to sever case from other suspectsSubmitted: 03/12/2018
Man accused in Valliere homicide seeking to sever case from other suspects
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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HURLEY - One of the five suspects in the Wayne Valliere Junior homicide case apparently wants to split his charges off from the rest.

Evan Oungst, 28, faces first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse felonies in the case, which dates back to around Christmas 2017.

According to online court records, prosecutors and Oungst's attorney both discussed the possibility of a motion to sever his case from Richard Allen, James Lussier, Joseph Lussier, and Curtis Wolfe during a hearing in Iron County Court on Monday afternoon.  The five suspects are currently being prosecuted together under the same charges with matching criminal complaints.

Judge Patrick Madden ruled the motion was not appropriate at this stage in the case, but Madden noted he would hear the motion at a later date, when "ripe."

Oungst is accused of helping the other four suspects murder Valliere and hide his body in the woods near Mercer sometime in the early morning hours of Dec. 22. Valliere was reported missing several days later, but a statewide search for him turned up nothing for about a week.

On New Year's Day, Oungst led Lac du Flambeau's police chief to where Valliere's body was hidden. He faces life in prison if convicted.

A future court date for Oungst has not yet been set. He's being held in the Vilas County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

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