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Iron murder trial focuses on alleged jailhouse confession


August 8, 2018

Ralph Ansami/Daily Globe

IRON COUNTY, Wis., murder trial defendants Richard Allen, left, and Joseph Lussier, right, stand with defense attorney Craig Haukaas at the end of Tuesday's proceedings. Haukaas is representing Lussier in a joint trial, with Allen represented by James Lex.


HURLEY - The murder trial of two Lac du Flambeau tribal members recessed Tuesday after defense attorneys attempted to poke holes in an alleged jailhouse confession.

Emanuel Reyes testified that Joseph D. Lussier, 26, had confessed to shooting Wayne M. Valliere Jr. on Dec. 22. Also charged in the execution-type shooting and hiding the corpse near Mercer is Richard F.A. Allen, 27.

"He said he shot him in the face and blood came out like a faucet," Reyes said twice of Lussier's alleged confession in a cell at the Vilas County Jail in Eagle River.


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