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New Details in Menomonie homicide: Man was shot with crossbow, had throat cut with knife

Menomonie (WQOW) – A Menomonie man accused of first degree intentional homicide made his initial appearance in Dunn County Court on Tuesday and we are learning new graphic details about the other man’s death.

Richard Seehaver, 52, is charged with killing John Likeness on December 30.

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According to the criminal complaint, Seehaver killed Likeness with a crossbow arrow before slitting his throat with a kitchen knife.

The complaint says police were called to the home the two shared on December 30 at 3:18 p.m. Police could see some sort of altercation through a window. Seehaver eventually walked out of the house and was arrested.

During questioning the following day, Seehaver made statements about talking to the radio and television and being asked to join them. He spoke about aliens and not being the devil.

Seehaver also told authorities he wanted to “put him out of his misery” – referencing Likeness. He said he wanted the arrow to go straight through his heart so he wouldn’t suffer and would die as quickly and painlessly as possible. Seehaver told police he hopes he gets a medal for killing Likeness.

“I shot him dead and he wasn’t quite dead, and the cops were knocking on the door so I cut his [expletive] throat to hurry it around,” Seehaver told police.

In the complaint, Seehaver said he knew it was not alright to kill or murder people, but also that he felt justice was done and that Likeness was taken out of his misery.

Seehaver admitted to smoking meth the day before the incident but said he did not smoke it the day of the alleged murder.

An autopsy showed Likeness died from the crossbow wound.

Cash bond is set at $200,000.

In court on Tuesday, the DA requested Likeness’ body be turned over to his family.

Seehaver is due back in court next Monday at 8 a.m.

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