21-year-old Richi Vue was arraigned in Marathon County yesterday on five felony charges – which also include allegations that he stole a pick-up truck and eluded officers who tried to arrest him. His lawyers say they’ll try to prevent a possible jury from hearing statements Vue made to police upon his arrest. A hearing on pre-trial requests will be the next step in the case – but it has not been scheduled yet. Vue is accused of killing 20-year-old Lee Xiong in an apartment in Weston, just east of Wausau.
Prosecutors said the two were dealing meth-amphetamines from the apartment, and a dispute over a drug deal led to the slaying. The murder occurred in a family apartment, and a 14-year-old girl was there at the time. She made the initial calls to police. Previous reports said the gun involved was among 55 stolen in a pair of gun-shop burglaries in Wausau and Lincoln County – and some have been tied to other crimes.
Vue remains in jail under a million-dollar bond.