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Vang Takes the Stand


The man accused of killing six deer hunters in the north woods tells his story to the jury. Chai Vang says he shot the hunters out of self–defense.

In testimony Thursday, Vang gave his version of the events that occurred during the violent deer hunting confrontation last November.

Vang has shown little emotion during his trial since it began Saturday. But on Thursday, he wept openly while talking to his family members before taking the stand.

On the stand, Vang said he was lost and didn't realize he was trespassing when hunter Robert Crotteau confronted him. "Then he said I'm sick of you f*** Asians coming to my land. Then, Mr. Crotteau also say, 'if you f*** Asians keep comin' to my land, I'm gonna kick your f...... Asian ass."

Vang says he tried to walk away from the scene, but that the hunters continued the confrontation. He said he only started shooting After Terry Willers shot at him first.

With family members of the victims looking on, he showed how he started gunning down the hunters as they scattered, fearing they were going to kill him. "At that time, I'm afraid, scary, I don't know what's, if they after to me to come and get me, come and shoot me, I was fear for my life."

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager cross examined Vang, showing jurors the rifle used in the shooting.

She then asked individually if each of the six victims deserved to die. Four times, Vang said no, but twice, when asked if Joseph Crotteau and Allen Lasky deserved to die, Vang answered yes.

We'll have more on the trial tonight on NBC-15 News at 10.


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