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Man's Fiancee Says Hunter Killing in Self-Defense

The fiancee of a man jailed in the death of another squirrel hunter in northern Wisconsin says the suspect was shot once in each hand before the two wrestled in the woods and he stabbed the victim with a knife he carried to cut the tails off his quarr.

Dacia James spoke with the AP today. She says she was the first person that James Nichols of Peshtigo talked to after the incident that killed 30-year-old Cha Vang of Green Bay.

The incident happened late Friday afternoon in a public hunting area just south of Peshtigo.

The 20-year-old James said Nichols indicated to her that he acted in self-defense after being shot in the hands.

Vang's body was found Saturday partially concealed in the Peshtigo Harbor Wildlife Area. His wife has said he spoke no English and could not have provoked an attack.

Marinette County Sheriff's Department Jim Kanikula did not immediately return a telephone message left today at his office in Marinette.

The 28-year-old Nichols has not been charged in the slaying but was jailed early Saturday on a probation violation.

AP


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