HURLEY - Wayne Valliere, Sr. called Wednesday morning "a little battle" that was won. A judge found there's enough evidence to move forward in his son's homicide case.
Richard Allen, Joseph and James Lussier, Evan Oungst and Curtis Wolfe are all facing murder charges in the death of Wayne Valliere, Jr.
All five defendants appeared in Iron County Court on Wednesday, but only Richard Allen and Joseph Lussier heard the evidence the state has against them.
"Seeing the defendant's family be allowed to touch them and smile with them [was disturbing]," said Wayne Valliere, Sr.
As Richard Allen and Joseph Lussier left an Iron County Courtroom, people are seen reaching over trying to touch them.
"We don't get to touch our family member. We don't get to touch him," said Valliere, Sr. about his son.
Earlier Wednesday morning, Valliere, Sr. along with Lac du Flambeau tribal members heard evidence against two out of the five men facing charges in the death of Valliere, Jr. Those men were Richard Allen and Joseph Lussier.
"The other three defendants all waived their preliminary hearing," said Assistant Attorney General Richard Dufour.
Special agent Mike Reimer with the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation testified.
"He's the lead agent," said Dufour.
Judge Patrick Madden found there's enough evidence to move forward with the case. Valliere, Sr. hopes his son's case will send a much larger message.
"We won't tolerate, you know, gun violence and drug violence and living on the dark road," said Valliere, Sr.
For him and his family, this disturbing day may be over, but the pain will always be there.
"At the end of it all, we don't get to hug him ever again and that's the tough part," said Valliere, Sr.
All of the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned next Wednesday. They all face life in prison if found guilty.