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Alleged Girl Scout killer’s interrogation will be shown to jury

Chippewa County (WQOW) – Colten Treu, the man accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mother last November made another appearance in court on Wednesday, this time as his lawyers fought to keep his statements to police out of his trial.

Prosecutors say Treu was huffing aerosol fumes when his truck went off the road and hit the Girl Scout troop last year.

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

Treu’s attorneys had asked the court to suppress video of his recorded interview with investigators so it could not be seen by a jury.

They claimed he was in an emotional state during the interview. They also claimed investigators used tactics to coerce answers from Treu, including promises he could see his family if he answered questions. They claimed the two-hour-long interview was too long.

The prosecution countered saying the interrogation followed protocol and shared full videos of investigators’ interviews with Treu as part of its court filing.

In the end, Chippewa County Judge James Isaacson ruled Treu’s statements in the interrogation had been of his own will and that he was in the right mental and emotional state to give them at the time.

Another motion hearing is scheduled for early December.

Treu’s nine-day trial is set to begin in January.

 

McKenna Alexander

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