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UPDATE: Fatal Shooting Witness Behind Bars on $50K Bond

By: WSAW News Team Email
By: WSAW News Team Email
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UPDATE: Fri 5:16 PM, Mar 14, 2014

A man police believed witnessed a fatal shooting outside a Wausau bar on Jan. 3 has now been charged with obstructing an officer and illegally possessing a firearm.

Samuel Teague, 30, remains in the Marathon County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

Investigators say he was armed during the shooting and provided false statements during an interview with police on Jan. 7.

Teague may not own a weapon due to previous felony convictions.

According to court documents, Teague admitted to witnessing the shooting, however he said he did not call 911 as he had been out on bond and was not supposed to be at a bar.

Tuesday, John Lewis, 30, was charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, seven counts of illegally possessing a firearm, illegally possessing a silencer, three drug-related charges, and 13 counts of bail jumping as he was on probation. Police say he shot K.C. Elliot, 27, in an apparent argument over money.

The firearm is believed to be a .22 caliber, semi-auto handgun. Unknown manufacture. Investigators tell NewsChannel 7 the murder weapon has not yet been located.

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UPDATE: Tues 2:16 PM, Mar 11, 2014

A 30-year-old Wausau man has now been charged with the death of K.C. Elliot.

Police say Elliot was shot in the stomach in the parking lot of Sidetracked Bar in Wausau on Jan. 3. He died at a nearby hospital.

Police arrested John Lewis hours after the shooting. He remained in the Marathon County Jail on Department of Corrections warrant since.

Tuesday, Lewis was charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, seven counts of illegally possessing a firearm, illegally possessing a silencer, three drug-related charges, and 13 counts of bail jumping as he was on probation.

According to court documents investigators say a necklace found at the crime scene matches a necklace Lewis is seen wearing in photo on his cellphone.

Investigation also say Lewis' cellphone contained video files of Lewis firing handguns and an image of a handgun that resembled a handgun used to kill Elliot.

The criminal complaint also says Lewis had received text messages following the shooting warning him that police were looking for and telling him to turn off his cellphone so it could not be tracked.

Court documents say a witness said Lewis shot Elliot from 3' feet away, but with Lewis' arm extended the gun would have been only 1' away from Elliot's abdomen. Investigators say Lewis' had undergone two surgeries and had received 55 units of blood in the hours leading up to his death.

Prosecutors have already charged 25-year-old Tyler Perkins in connection to the homicide. According to court documents, Perkins may have made the silencer Lewis allegedly used.

According to court documents authorities received a tip that Perkins, a convicted felon,had been selling weapons. Inside his home detectives found six loaded weapons, along with meth, and THC. He remains behind bars on $5,000 cash bond. He'll return to court Thursday to learn if the case will head to trial.

Investigators say a silencer located at Perkin's home was identical to photograph from Lewis' phone.

Perkins told investigators he had made the silencer. Court documents say the device was unique because a nut screwed into the handgun.

Perkins told police the silencer had been missing for four weeks, but three weeks ago, after Lewis' arrest, he found sitting in a bag on his doorstep.

Perkins admitted he and Lewis' were friends, however he had not sold him any guns.

Lewis remains behind bars in the Marathon County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

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UPDATE: Tues 11:29 AM, Mar 11, 2014

A 30-year-old Wausau man identified by police as suspect in the Jan. 3 fatal shooting of K.C. Elliot, will make his first court appearance Tuesday, according to the Marathon County District Attorney's office.

Police say the shooting took place in the early morning hours of Jan. 3 in the parking lot of Sidetracked Bar in Wausau.

Lewis was taken into custody hours later and has remained in the Marathon County Jail on a Department of Corrections warrant.

NewsChannel 7 will have crew in the courtroom and will bring you the latest details as they become available.

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UPDATE: Tues 3:34 PM, Jan. 7, 2014

The Wausau Police Department is searching for two men they believe witnessed a fatal shooting Jan. 3.

Investigators say KC Christopher Elliot, 27,was shot in the stomach in the parking lot of Sidetracked Bar around 1:30 a.m. Elliot died late that evening at a Wausau hospital.

Police say the suspect John Lewis, 30, was arrested a short time later. Lewis remains in the Marathon County Jail on a Department of Corrections warrant.

Police are attempting to locate Timothy Jacobs, 19, and Joshua Sanchez, 31. A third witness, identified by police as Samuel Teague, 30, has turned himself in and remains in the Marathon County on a warrant from the Department of Corrections.

If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Jacobs or Sanchez, you're asked to call the Wausau Police Department at (715) 261-7800.

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UPDATE: Mon 9:40 AM, Jan. 6, 2014

The Wausau Police Department has released the name of a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot Jan. 3.

Investigators say KC Christopher Elliot was shot in the stomach in the parking lot of Sidetracked Bar around 1:30 a.m. Elliot died late that evening at a Wausau hospital.

Police say the suspect John Lewis, 30, was arrested a short time later.

Lewis remains in the Marathon County Jail on a Department of Corrections warrant.

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NEW INFO: 8:11PM, Friday, January 3, 2014

Police say the victim of an early morning shooting outside a Wausau bar has died.

The 27-year-old man was taken to Aspirus Wausau hospital where he underwent emergency surgery after the incident at 1:30am Friday (1/3/14). He was listed in critical condition.

Police say they were notified at 6pm that he had died.

The victim's name is expected to be released Monday.

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UPDATE: Fri 4:46 PM, Jan. 3, 2014

The Wausau Police Department says a 27-year-old man shot early Friday morning during what is believed to be an argument over money, remains in critical conditions.

The shooting happened at Sidetracked Bar around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Police say the suspect, John Lewis, 30 was taken into custody at about six hours after the shooting at a home in Wausau.

Anyone with information on this case can contact Detective Kay Hansen at 715-261-7857, or Detective Jeff Strobach at 715-261-7815.

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UPDATE: Fri 10:14 AM, Jan. 3, 2014

Wausau Police now say John Lewis, a suspect in Friday morning's shooting at the Sidetracked Bar was taken into custody around 7:30 a.m. at a house in Wausau.

Lewis was cooperative at the time of the arrest and was transported to the Marathon County Jail, according to a press release from Captain Greg Hagenbucher of the Wausau Police Department.

A 27-year-old man was shot around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning in the bar's parking lot. The man was taken to Wausau Aspirus Hospital to undergo emergency surgery. He is now out of surgery and in the critical/intensive care unit but a medical condition was not released.

The firearm believed to be used in the crime was not located. Lewis is currently being held on a warrant from the Department of Correction (DOC), Division of Community Corrections (DCC).

The investigation into the shooting is still on-going.

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POSTED Fri., Jan 03. 7:15 a.m.
Police in Wausau are searching for John Lewis, a suspect in an early morning shooting at the Sidetracked Bar.

According to a press release, Lewis fled the scene after allegedly shooting a 27-year old man in the stomach in the bar's parking lot around 1:30 a.m. Friday. The gun involved is believed to be small caliber, possibly a .22 pistol.

Investigators have searched several locations in the Wausau area and are processing the crime scene at the bar.

Though Lewis remains at large, police do not believe the public is in danger since the men knew each other.

The 27-year old victim was taken to Wausau Aspirus Hospital to undergo emergency surgery. At latest word, he is now out of surgery and in the critical/intensive care unit but a current medical condition was not released.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the suspect can call Detective Kay Hansen at 715-261-7857, or Detective Jeff Strobach at 715-261-7815.

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POSTED Fri., Jan 3, 4:40 a.m.
NewsChannel 7 is monitoring reports of a shooting early this morning in Wausau.

A lieutenant with the Wausau Police Department can only confirm they are investigating a shooting at a bar around 1:30 this morning.

Authorities can not confirm whether there were any injuries.
A suspect involved in the shooting is still at large, though police say the parties involved knew each other and they do not believe there is any danger to the public.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 and wsaw.com for more on this developing story as it becomes available.

Police say they believe this is the weapon used to kill K.C. Elliot


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