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MN man to stand trial in murder of girlfriend

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Minnesota man has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he killed his girlfriend near Wausau, stole two guns and a pickup truck, and eluded officers who tried to arrest him.

A Marathon County judge ruled Tuesday that there’s enough evidence to order further proceedings against 21-year-old Richi Vue of St. Paul. He’s scheduled to enter pleas January 3rd to five felony counts of homicide, theft, vehicle theft, fleeing officers, and possessing guns as a convicted felon.

Prosecutors said Vue shot 20-year-old Lee Xiong to death on October 13th at her family’s apartment in Weston, after they argued about a drug deal earlier in the day.

Vue now claims he fired the weapon by accident.

Officers from Marathon and Clark counties tracked down the suspect after he allegedly tried to elude them in a wooded area near Abbotsford – and he was arrested after a short chase.

Authorities said he was driving a truck stolen from a Wausau area dealership about a month before the murder – and officers recovered two weapons stolen from a gun shop in Lincoln County.

Vue remains in jail under a million-dollar bond. 

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