UPDATE: 3 to stand trial in Barron County homicide

UPDATED Tuesday, March 25, 2014 --- 1:57 p.m.

BARRON, Wis. (AP) -- Three people, including the victim's ex-wife, have been ordered to stand trial in a Barron County homicide.

The three were in court Monday on charges of party to first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Daniel Raven. He was shot to death in his Barron house two weeks ago. Raven's former wife, Trista Raven-Hrabak, is accused of planning the homicide beginning last November. A complaint says two of the defendants had gone to the victim's house at least six previous times with the intent to kill him, but didn't do so.

The woman's boyfriend, Ian Skjerly, of Rice Lake, and an acquaintance, Robert McBain, of Cameron, are also charged in the case. WQOW-TV (http://bit.ly/OQHWag ) says all three are due back in court next month. Defense attorney John Hinde didn't immediately respond to a phone message.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Tuesday, March 18, 2014 --- 10:10 a.m.

BARRON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in northwest Wisconsin say two people accused of killing a man last week had gone to the victim's home at least six previous times with the intent to kill him.

An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report (http://bit.ly/1kFmmR9 ) says the suspects first started plotting to kill Daniel Raven in November.

The criminal complaint says Raven was killed by 34-year-old Ian J. Skjerly of Rice Lake. He was dating Raven's ex-wife, 29-year-old Trista M. Raven-Hrabak.

They're both charged with being party to first-degree intentional homicide. So is 37-year-old Robert B. McBain, who's accused of driving the getaway car.

A message left with their public defender Tuesday was not immediately returned.

The complaint doesn't detail the previous homicide attempts. It does say Skjerly's rifle jammed on March 10, so he left, cleared his weapon, returned and fired.

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UPDATED Thursday, March 13, 2014 --- 11:38 a.m.

BARRON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested three people in connection with a northwestern Wisconsin homicide, including the dead man's ex-wife.

Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Raven of Barron was found dead early Monday at a residence in the Town of Clinton. The Barron County Sheriff's Department said it appears Raven had been shot.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald released a statement Thursday saying three people -- Raven's 29-year-old ex-wife, a 34-year-old man and a 37-year-old man -- were arrested on Wednesday.

All of them are being held in the Barron County jail on suspicion of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide. Prosecutors expect to file formal charges on Monday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 --- 5:57 p.m.

BARRON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say the death of a 33-year-old man in Barron County of northwestern Wisconsin has been ruled a homicide.

The sheriff's department identifies him as 33-year-old Daniel Raven, of Barron. He was found dead early Monday at a residence in the Town of Clinton.

The preliminary cause of death is gunshot wounds. A formal autopsy was being conducted Tuesday.

The sheriff's department says it's following up on leads and possible suspects, and does not believe the public is in any danger.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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