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UPDATE: Bond set at $1M for suspect in Wausau shooting

Published: May. 15, 2021 at 10:20 AM CDT|Updated: May. 16, 2021 at 9:03 AM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Bond has been set at $1 million cash for the suspect in a weekend shooting in Wausau.

Michael Turner, 45, appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Monday for a probable cause hearing. Wausau Police said Turner shot and critically injured another man Saturday morning.

Investigators said the victim, also 45, was parked in his car on the 1000 block of South 5th Avenue Saturday morning when Turner drove up to the vehicle and shot him. Police said he drove from the scene to a business at the intersection of South 3rd Avenue and West Thomas Street for help.

As of Monday, the victim was in critical condition. A motive is still under investigation. Police said Turner knew the victim.

Michael Turner was arrested later that day in Marquette County.

He faces numerous charges including attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm.

At Monday’s court appearance, Turner’s Defense Attorney Kat Janke said the bond amount should be lowered and there is more to the story that is not being told, but did not elaborate.

“I would just like to reiterate, there is more to this story than what the state puts forth and that Mr. Turner was cooperative with his investigation,” Janke said.

Prosecutors said Turner has multiple past felonies and admitted to shooting the victim. They argue he is a danger to society.

“Given his actions in this case, he is clearly a danger to the public and a flight risk as immediately after, he got rid of the firearm used in the shooting and fled the area,” Assistant District Attorney of Marathon County Kerri Puig said.

A court appearance is scheduled for Friday, May 21.

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