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UPDATED Thursday, March 13, 2014 --- 7:37 p.m.

Guilty as charged, Thursday, a Juneau County judge heard the plea of a man accused of shooting two women outside a bar.

29-year-old Cody Treul says he did it. Walking into PJ's bar in Mauston back in May, killing Gail Howland and paralyzing Ebony Lasher.

He pleaded no contest and could now face life in prison for shooting Gail Howland to death.

Today he entered a no contest plea on both counts of homicide and attempted homicide. The charges of reckless endangerment were dropped.

The judge spent a while making sure Treul knew what he was doing, and that the burden would be on the state to prove that he shot the women if he went to trial. He wanted to plead no contest anyway, and the judge found him guilty on both counts.

The judge has also ordered a pre sentencing investigation to see the impact Treul's actions have had on the lives of others.

Today Gail's family was in court, they say it's just not fair.

Her mother says if she could afford it, she would buy the bar where her daughter was killed, tear it down, and plant a garden in Gail's memory.

Treul will next be in court June 3rd, just days off from the one year anniversary of the shooting.


UPDATED Thursday, March 13, 2014 --- 3:45 p.m.

A man who is accused of shooting two women and killing one of them at a Juneau Co. bar has pleaded no contest in the case.

Cody Treul allegedly shot Gail Howland and Ebony Lasher in May. Howland died.

In court Thursday, Treul pleaded no contest to having intent to kill Howland. He also pleaded no contest to attempting to kill Lasher.

A judge accepted those pleas, and found Treul guilty of first degree intentional homicide and attempted homicide.

Treul could face life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June 3rd.


UPDATE Monday, July 8, 2013 --- 5:30 p.m.

The Mauston man accused of killing one woman and injuring another will be bound over for trial. Cody Treul, 29, faces two charges of first degree intentional homicide and one count of recklessly endangering safety. He's accused of targeting and shooting the two victims at a bar in Mauston on May 31.

At his preliminary hearing on Monday, two men with the Juneau Co. Sheriff's Dept. took the stand. They say they spoke to witnesses the night of the shooting.

"He said Cody [Treul] had come into the courtyard area and had pointed a gun at multiple subjects in the back, shooting Gail and Ebony," said Detective Shawn Goyette.

Deputy Sheriff Michael Coughlin says he also had a conversation with Treul.

"As we were leaving the sally port of the hospital, he asked, 'who did I kill?'" Coughlin said.

In court, there was no mention of a motive or Treul's relationship with the victims.

Treul's attorney says he plans on consulting with a psychologist.

He's due back in court on Aug. 28.

UPDATED Tuesday, June 4, 2013 --- 12:45 p.m.

MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) -- Juneau County's district attorney says the man charged with shooting two women outside a Mauston bar apparently targeted the victims.

DA Michael Solovey says several other people were standing outside P.J.'s Bar and Grill with the two women when the defendant, Cody Treul, shot the victims last Friday. Twenty-nine-year-old Gail Howland was pronounced dead at a Mauston hospital. Twenty-three-year-old Ebony Lasher is hospitalized in Madison.

Solovey says he's not yet aware of a motive for the shooting. Treul was arrested in Mauston shortly after the shooting.

Treul is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and recklessly endangering safety. Treul's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Monday, June 3, 2013 --- 9:34 p.m.

It's a rarity for the City of Mauston, one that's left residents there in shock.

One woman is dead and another is injured after a shooting in Mauston over the weekend.

It happened Friday, just after midnight.

According to court documents, Gail Howland and Ebony Lasher were in a smoking area behind PJs Bar on East State Street.

A witness describes what happened next.

"I seen him pull back the top of the gun and start firing” Angela Schlosser tells NBC 15.

Schlosser says 29-year-old Cody Treul shot Howland several times. He then turned the gun on Lasher.

"The first three shots went off and I ducked into the bar and then there was like maybe a five-second break in the firing” Schlosser says.

Police say after shooting both women, Treul ran from the bar.

Police found Treul a short time later down the street.
Mauston Police Chief Mark Messer says thanks to witnesses, like Schlosser, they were able to find him and make the arrest.

"It's a scary thing to experience. It's very traumatic. I had a couple of bad days, you know it's hard to sleep because I kept seeing images” Schlosser says.

Both women were taken to the hospital, where Howland later died.
Lasher remains injured.

Meanwhile, Treul is now being charged with 1st degree intentional homicide and attempted 1st degree intentional homicide.

Truel will next appear in court on Thursday, June 6.

UPDATED Monday, June 3, 2013 --- 3:44 p.m.

Cody Treul, the man accused in the fatal shooting Friday in Mauston, appeared in court Monday afternoon.

According to a criminal complaint, police arrived at P.J.'s Bar early that morning and found two people who had been shot several times. The responding detective recognized them as Gail Howland and Ebony Lasher. Howland later died.

After speaking with witnesses, police arrested Treul, who had a semi-automatic on him at the time.

Treul is charged with 1st degree intentional homicide, attempted 1st degree intentional homicide and 1st degree recklessly endangering safety.


UPDATED Monday, June 3, 2013 --- 9:38 a.m.

Mauston Police have identified the suspect and victims in last week's shooting at P.J.'s Bar and Grill.

29-year-old Cody J. Treul is tentatively charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. He is expected in court Monday afternoon.

29-year-old Gail Howland of Mauston was pronounced dead at the hospital. 23-year-old Ebony M. Lasher was injured.


UPDATED Friday, May 31, 2013--5:55p.m.

MAUSTON--Two women were shot behind a local bar in the City of Mauston, just after midnight on Friday. Police said it happened in a backyard area behind P.J.s Bar and Grill in the 300 block of West State Street. When police arrived, they found the women with multiple gunshot wounds. One was pronounced dead on site. The other was transported to a hospital and then Medflighted to Madison. Police aren't commenting on that woman's condition, nor are they releasing the names of either victim yet.

"A short time later, West of that location in the downtown area on State Street, a male suspect was taken into custody and he's currently in the Juneau County jail at this time," said Mauston Police Chief Mark Messer.

Police are not releasing that man's name at this time.
Nor are they commenting on the relationship between him and the victims. However, they do say that the public is not in danger.
Posted Friday May 31, 2013 -- 7:41 a.m.

Two females were shot behind P.J.s Bar and Grill on the 300 block of West State Street in the City of Mauston at 12:10 this morning.

One victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A male subject has been taken into custody.

The names of the victims will not be released until their family members are notified.

The incident is being investigated by the Mauston Police department, Juneau County Sheriff's Office the State Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Crime Lab.

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