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Heyer Jury Trial For Killing Girlfriend Set

A four day jury trial has been set for Richard B. Heyer, of Crivitz who is accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend at a gas station in Wausaukee. Prosecutors say Heyer, 55, shot Ann Schueller with a rifle at a Wausaukee Conven-ience Store on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.

At a status conference on Thursday, Jan. 10, Marinette County Circuit Court Judge David Miron set May 7, 2013 as the starting date for a four-day, 12-person jury trial. Other future court dates were also set, including a Motions Hearing on March 22 and a Pre-trial Conference on April 29.

Purpose of the status conference was to receive and review a court-ordered psychological examination of Heyer, who on Nov. 6, 2012, pleaded “Not Guilty” and “Not Guilty by reason of mental disease or defect” to the charges against him.

Judge Miron, Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey and Defense Attorney Jeffrey Jazgar were all in agreement that the report from Dr. Brooke Lundbohm of Behavioral Consultants, Inc., did not support Heyer's “Not Guilty by reason of mental disease or defect” plea.

Thus, Defense Attorney Jazgar indicated his desire to pursue a “more solid opinion,” wishing to get a second opinion by hiring his own psychological examination of Heyer. Miron asked that this second report be completed by March 8.

After setting the future calendar items, Judge Miron informed both parties that he had reviewed Heyer's medical records and ruled that the contents thereof do relate to the facts of the homicide charge and thus were not “privileged material.” Therefore he granted the state's petition to disclose the 286 pages of medical information, which were delivered to both the prosecution and the defense.

The medical reports are primarily from the hospitals that treated Heyer. Witnesses say Heyer shot himself in the chest after firing on Schueller, but he survived. Heyer was hospitalized for 10 days before being moved to the Marinette County Jail.

Heyer remains in the county jail on a $750,000 bond. He is charged with First Degree Intentional Homi-cide, which carries the sentence for life imprisonment. The fact that he allegedly used a Dangerous Weapon in committing this act adds an additional five years to the sentence. The second charge, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, carries a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both. Court records show that Heyer was convicted in 1993 of felony manufacture of a controlled substance, marijuana.

Following the status conference, Brey explained he is anticipating a two-part trial in May. The first part would determine innocence or guilt. The second could determine the mental disease or defect defense claim if the first part determines guilt.


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