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Judge Orders Nichols to Trial in Slaying of Fellow Squirrel Hunter

A white hunter is ordered to stand trial for murder in the fatal shooting and stabbing of a Hmong hunter while both stalked squirrel in some woods near Peshtigo last month.

28-year-old James Nichols of Peshtigo showed no emotion today in a courtroom packed with his family and friends on one side and about an equal number of friends and relatives of the victim on the other.

The slaying has rekindled racial tension in northern Wisconsin.

Marinette County Circuit Judge David Miron ruled prosecutors submitted sufficient evidence during a preliminary hearing to justify 3 felony charges against Nichols, including first-degree intentional homicide.

Nichols is accused of shooting and stabbing 30-year-old Cha Vang of Green Bay, whose body was found January 6th in a wildlife refuge where both were hunting squirrels.

The complaint says Nichols told investigators he shot and stabbed Vang in self-defense after Nichols told Vang to leave because he was interfering with his hunt. Nichols said he was shot first in the hand.

But Vang's family has said he could not have provoked an attack because he spoke no English.

AP


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