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Alleged Girl Scout killer, Colten Treu, expected to change plea

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Chippewa County (WQOW) -- Colten Treu, the man accused of killing three Girl Scouts and a mother last November, is expected to change his plea according to his attorney.

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

Related: Alleged Girl Scout killer requests bench trial

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

In November, Treu requested a bench trial in the case. His attorneys claimed he would not be able to get a fair trial with a jury because of extensive media coverage and inflammatory publicity. 

Related: Colten Treu pleads not guilty

In court filings, the state said it will not waive its right to a jury trial. Because both sides have to agree on a bench trial, Judge James Isaacson denied the request in Chippewa County court on Friday.

Following that ruling, Treu's attorneys said they expect their client to change his pleas in some of the charges against him. As News 18 has reported, True pleaded not guilty to all charges in May.

Treu's attorney said her client is also open to a plea deal.

The change of plea would take place at the next hearing, which is scheduled for December 16.

Stephen Kelley

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

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