Last update: March 1, 2005 at 12:58 PM
Motions filed in case of man accused of killing hunters
Larry Oakes, Star Tribune
March 1, 2005 VANG0302
HAYWARD, Wis. -- Chai Soua Vang's attorneys early this afternoon requested a change of venue for his upcoming murder trial and asked that Vang's statements to authorities about the killings of six deer hunters in the Wisconsin woods be suppressed.
Those requests were made in motions filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court. In all, six motions were filed, and today was the deadline for the filing of pre-trial motions in the case.
Attorney Jonathan Smith said he and other defense attorneys want the trial moved to another county or to have a jury from another county hear the case. He said pre-trial publicity and ''racial and cultural overtones'' surrounding the case in Sawyer County are among the reasons for the request.
Vang, 36, of St. Paul, has pleaded not guilty to six counts of intentional homicide and three of attempted intentional homicide in the Nov. 21 shootings. The hunters were shot after Vang was asked to leave a deer stand on private property. In addition to the six who were killed, two others were wounded.
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Sawyer County Judge Norman Yackel is scheduled to hear arguments on the motions in June. In addition to the venue change motion, Smith said attorneys want Vang's confession suppressed on grounds that include that he was not properly advised of his rights before the confession was made. The attorneys also want to get videotapes of the booking process and they've asked for dismissal of one of the counts that duplicates another charge against Vang.
In addition, Smith filed a motion that he requested be sealed from public view. Yackel will decide that request. Smith would not comment on the nature of the motion or why the defense wants it sealed.
A final motion contains a request to sequester the jury.