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Allen murder appeals lawyer wants out

August 06, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

One man proven to have murdered a Lac du Flambeau man continues to attempt to appeal the judge’s decision which sent him to life in prison.

However, last week, Richard Allen, 29, also formerly of Lac du Flambeau, was facing losing his court-appointed defense attorney.

Allen, along with alleged fellow Native Soldiers Gang member Joseph Lussier, 28, were convicted in a dual jury trial last August of shooting Wayne Valliere, Jr. to death before Christmas 2017. It is unclear which bullet by which man would have resulted in death, though testimony indicated any of one of the multiple shots would have been enough to end Valliere’s life. 

Following the trial, Allen was represented by Merrill area public defender and attorney James Lex. After Lex was dismissed from the case post-conviction, Allen filed with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals with new lawyer, Dennis Schertz, Hudson. 

Allen has been attempting to appeal the conviction of first degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse, both felonies, in Iron County Circuit Court. Extensions for filing time have been filed four times in the matter in state appeals court. 

He and Lussier plus James Lussier, 20; Curtis Wolfe, 28; both of Lac du Flambeau, and Evan Oungst, 29, Arbor Vitae, were all arrested and charged in the homicide of Valliere.

A motion hearing in the withdrawal of Schertz is set for Aug. 5 in Iron County after state prosecution requested a hearing on the potential action. Wolfe also is set to be seen in court that day.

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