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Judge assigned to Wolfe homicide trial

August 16, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

Former longtime Marathon County Judge Gregory Grau has been assigned to oversee the first degree murder trial of a Lac du Flambeau man this November. 

Curtis Wolfe, 27, is accused of a role in the death of Wayne Valliere, Jr., in December 2017, and hiding Valliere’s body in the remote wilderness near Mercer.

Last week, Wolfe and attorney Fred Bourge demanded a speedy trial, moving the December trial up to November. A final pre-trial is set for mid-October. 

Iron County Judge Patrick Madden unexpectedly passed away in July, and Wolfe also recently requested a substitute judge away from the area. Grau was set to the case Monday morning. 

To be sentenced in the crime yet is Evan Oungst, 29, Arbor Vitae. All other parties convicted in the death of Valliere have been sent to prison terms: Richard Allen, 29, and Joseph Lussier, 28, both appealing Madden’s decision, and James Lussier, 20, all of Lac du Flambeau. 

Wolfe will remain behind bars in Iron County Jail on a $1 million cash bond until the trial.

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