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Court hears debate over why alleged Girl Scouts killer took off after crash

Chippewa County (WQOW) – Prosecutors argued over a potential motive related to another incident in Rusk County at Colten Treu’s motion hearing on Wednesday.

Treu is accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mom in Chippewa County last November while they were picking up roadside litter.

Prosecutors say Treu was huffing aerosol fumes when his truck went off the road and hit the Girl Scouts.

Treu is charged with 10 felonies – including four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Wednesday, District Attorney Wade Newell said Treu’s motive for fleeing the scene was because he was already in legal trouble in Rusk County for drug related charges, including felony possession of meth. Newell said he thinks the jury should know that.

Treu’s lawyer argued that’s an attack on his character and that Treu didn’t even know the charges he was facing in Rusk County.

Judge James Isaacson ruled the jury can hear some of the details of the Rusk County case.

“We’re going to allow other acts, specifically the Rusk County matter to come in. However, we’re going to craft the other acts that we’re going to allow the jury to hear to be related to the hit-and-run, or at least we’re going to redact any comments made about what sort of intoxication level or those things involved,” Isaacson said.

Treu will be back in court October 30 for another motion hearing.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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