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Court hearing held Thursday for Chippewa Falls homicide suspect

Posted at 4:59 PM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 17:59:32-04

CHIPPEWA FALLS (NBC 26) — A teenager accused of killing and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in Chippewa Falls will make his next court appearance in June.

A status conference in the homicide case will be held at 9:30 a.m. June 24 in Chippewa County Circuit Court.

The 14-year-old boy is facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault resulting in great bodily harm and first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 in the death of the young girl.

Due to revelations learned during court proceedings and the extreme sensitivity of this case, NBC 26 has made the editorial decision not to name or show pictures of the victim. Previous statements from authorities said the 14-year-old fatally strangled and then sexually assaulted the girl.

During a hearing Thursday, the judge ruled the criminal complaint will be released to the public in the coming days. A criminal complaint is a court document that lists the charges and includes detailed testimony from the initial investigation.

The criminal complaint, in this case, will have details redacted. Other documents, such as search warrants, will remain sealed. Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said the documents contain identifying information and some are part of the investigation, which is still active.

The suspect in this case is still being held in a juvenile detention center as he awaits his next court appearance.