Crime and Court Roundup: More charges expected against Argyle brother who allegedly set a house fireWisconsin News
-- Two brothers from Argyle face a host of charges for allegedly setting a house fire last month which killed three of their relatives.
Two brothers from Argyle face a host of charges for allegedly setting a house fire last month which killed three of their relatives. But no charges have been filed in connection with an unborn child who died, when her mother was critically injured while escaping the blaze. The State Justice Department is handling the cases against Armin Wand-the-Third and his brother Jeremy. The agency is not saying whether it will add a homicide charge for the death of Sharon Wand’s unborn baby. But Barbara Lyons of Wisconsin Right-to-Life tells the State Journal of Madison that she expects another homicide count to be added – unless there’s medical evidence that the infant died for a reason that was not criminal in nature. The defendants are due back in court November 13th. Wisconsin is among 38 states with a fetal homicide law, and it’s been on the books for almost 15 years. It’s been used in some notable cases since that time. Perhaps the most famous was in 2008, when repeat drunk driver Mark Benson was high on prescription drugs when he rear-ended a car near Oconomowoc. Popular teacher Jennifer Bukosky was killed, along with her daughter Bella and Jennifer’s unborn child. Benson is serving a 30-year prison term on five criminal convictions – including drunk driving in the death of an unborn child.
An Arkansas man could return to Wisconsin to face charges in a sexual assault case from 37 years ago. 57-year-old Jimmy Mulanex of Harrison was arrested on Friday, and he’s being held without bond until an extradition hearing can be held. Police said a woman went to the Venture Inn in Wisconsin Rapids with some friends to celebrate a birthday in 1975 – and Mulanex allegedly threatened and raped the woman at the motel. He was a cross-country truck driver at the time, and was arrested in December of ’75 – but he never showed up for a preliminary hearing in court. Wood County sheriff’s officials said they were reviewing old warrants – and that led to Mulanex being tracked down and arrested.
A Saint Paul Minnesota man was arrested early yesterday for the murder of a 20-year-old woman in Weston, near Wausau. Police were called to an apartment just after eight on Saturday night, where Lee Xiong died from a gunshot wound. Authorities said they caught the 21-year-old suspect on foot, as he tried to elude officers in a wooded area near Abbotsford. Officers from Marathon and Clark counties and K-9 teams searched the area, and arrested the man in Clark County – close to 40 miles west of where the shooting took place. Officials said the man had driven a truck stolen from a Wausau area dealership on September 11th. He remains in the Marathon County Jail, pending charges. Authorities expect to say more at a news conference this morning.