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Jury deadlocked in St. Croix County murder trial

St. Croix County (WQOW) — After more than eleven hours of deliberation, a St. Croix County jury has yet to reach a decision in a high profile murder case.

Kayle Fleischauer, 43, is accused of shooting and killing his 19-year-old son, Chase Fleischauer, in April of 2018. He is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Wednesday afternoon, the jury told St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham the were deadlocked. The judge sent them back to continue to try to reach a verdict. The jury asked five times to see evidence used in the trial, including a picture that showed the trajectory of the fatal bullet.

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St. Croix County prosecutors allege Kayle Fleischauer shot his son after a night of heavy drinking together. Experts told the jury Chase Fleischauer had sustained injuries consistent with a beating. Kayle Fleischauer testified the two were wrestling.

Kayle Fleischauer’s gun was found down a hall, at least ten feet from the body in his New Richmond home, according to police.

The defense has contended that Chase shot himself. They pointed to reports that showed there was no gunshot residue was found on their client’s hands, but there was some on the victim’s.

The jury will resume deliberations Thursday morning at 8 a.m. They do have the option of considering lower charges than first degree intentional homicide.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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