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Murder suspect in court Thursday

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Richi Vue with attorneys Brandt Swardenski & Deborah Vishny.
Richi Vue with attorneys Brandt Swardenski & Deborah Vishny.

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  The man charged with murdering his girlfriend in Weston October 13th was back in court Thursday. 21-year-old Richi Vue of Saint Paul Minnesota appeared before Judge Greg Grau for a hearing where several motions were presented.

Two officers testified on how Vue’s Miranda rights were given. Defense attorney Deborah Vishny also questioned the officers about Vue’s condition while giving statements to investigators.

Prosecutor Theresa Wetzsteon says it’s not unusual for this issue to come up in this kind of case. “There is a motion filed, as is often the case when there’s a defendant’s statement that is going to be used, or possibly used, in a case of this magnitude. Questions about whether or not Miranda was administered, whether it was administered properly, and then whether the statement that was subsequently given was voluntary. Those are the issues before the court.”

The court discussed several motions for three hours Thursday, and Wetzsteon says there will be more hearings like this. “We anticipated there would be another motion (hearing) date regardless. In a case of this magnitude, there are a lot of things to sift through and motions come about even as the case is pending.”

Vue is accused of shooting 20-year-old Lee Xiong in a Weston apartment. The criminal complaint say that Vue and Xiong were dealing methamphetamines out of the apartment, and a dispute over a drug deal that morning lead to the killing.

Vue remains jailed on a one-million dollar bond.

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