UPDATE: Trial Dates Set for Suspects in 2012 Wausau Murder Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Trial dates for two Wausau men accused of killing another man with a baseball bat have been set.

Warren Krohn, 22, and Zachary Froehlich, 19, are expected to have their cases heard by a jury in April and May, respectively.

Kronhn and Froehlich are accused of killing and robbing Kerby Kniess, 49, in June 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, Froehlich admitted to police he was the one who swung the fatal blows to Kneiss and that he was encouraged to do so by Krohn. Froehlich also told police the pair went to Kneiss' home with the intention of hurting him in order to rob him of alcohol, cigarettes and cash. They reportedly stole the $21 Kneiss has on him. The two suspects were acquaintances with Kniess, and had stolen cigarettes from Kneiss' residence in the past, according to court documents.

According to the criminal complaint, a friend told officers Froehlich beat up the victim to "work his way into" Warren's [Krohn] crew. The criminal complaint also states Froehlich said he wanted to keep the murder weapon as a trophy.

Froehlich and Krohn are both charged with 1st degree reckless homicide, armed robbery, armed burglary and theft.

Froehlich is also being charged with suffocation and strangulation after police say he beat up another man just hours after the murder. According to the complaint, Froehlich "jumped" the young man and put him in a choke hold, as another unidentified suspect hit him with a baseball bat.

Krohn's seven day trial is scheduled to begin on April 1. Froehlich's five day trial is set to begin on May 5.

Both men remain behind bars on $250,000 cash bonds.

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