St. Croix County stabbing suspect appears in court Tuesday

St. Croix County stabbing suspect appears in court Tuesday
St. Croix County stabbing suspect appears in court Tuesday

HUDSON, Wis. (WEAU) – The man accused of killing a teenager and injuring four others in St. Croix County on July 30 made a brief court appearance on Tuesday.

Nicolae Miu appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court virtually for a status conference. Prosecutors asked the court for an additional 30 to 60 days to allow the state crime lab to complete DNA testing on the alleged murder weapon, a knife. Prosecutors estimated it would take about that long for the results to be released.

Miu, 52, is charged with one count of 1st degree intentional homicide, four counts of attempted 1st degree intentional homicide and one count of battery, all with a dangerous weapon, after he allegedly stabbed five people on the Apple River on July 30. The Prior Lake, Minnesota man pleaded not guilty to all charges against him when he was arraigned on September 8.

At the September 2 preliminary hearing, the prosecution, led by Karl Anderson, presented its evidence for the charges. A witness, a detective who had reviewed video of the incident on his mobile phone, spoke at the hearing. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman found enough evidence to plan the arraignment.

Miu is represented by Madison-based attorney Corey Chirafisi. Chirafisi was part of the defense team in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in which Rittenhouse was acquitted of charges against him after a deadly shooting in Kenosha in the summer of 2020.

A search warrant and related documents were sealed before the preliminary hearing, according to online court records.

Miu is charged with stabbing and killing Isaac Schuman, 17, of Stillwater, Minn. Schuman’s family has created a GoFundMe. Four other victims, a 24-year-old woman from Burnsville, Minn., a 22-year-old man from Elk River, Minn., and a 20-year-old man and a 22-year-old man from Luck, Wis., suffered serious injuries or critical to the torso or chest, according to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.

According to court documents filed in the case, Miu told investigators he feared for his life after several people came up to him and accused him of being a child molester as he searched for a mobile phone lost in the Apple River on July 30. investigators, he approached a group of people driving on the river to ask if they had found the phone and after telling Miu to go away, the conflict escalated. Witnesses told investigators that Miu initiated the physical confrontation by punching a woman in the group. An investigator reviewing video of the incident said Miu took a knife from his pocket, but Miu said the knife was taken away by one of the people in the group before he retrieved it.

In the criminal complaint filed with the charges, Miu argued he was acting in self-defense, telling investigators he wanted to “get out” after someone tried to push him down and another no one tried to lower their bathing suit. Miu said he had a heart condition and was in poor health, and wanted to run away because he feared for his life. When told that one person died and four others were injured, Miu told investigators that his whole life was “broken down” and that he was sorry for the way things ended.

The sheriff’s office said in an initial statement that several people were stabbed upstream of the Highway 35/Highway 64 bridge in the town of Somerset at 3:47 p.m. on July 30. Deputies found five people stabbed when they arrived at the scene. Two of the stabbing victims were airlifted to hospitals while two others were taken by ambulance. The fifth, Schuman, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Stillwater, Minnesota. After a short search, Miu, who was part of a group that had been tubing down the river, was stopped near the tuber pick-up point coming down the Apple River.

Miu, who remains in custody, is being held on a $1 million cash bond that includes conditions of not being allowed to possess dangerous weapons, must maintain absolute sobriety, must surrender his passport and is limited to a half -mile from each victim’s home.

A status conference is scheduled for December 13, the next court date in the case.

Nicolas Miu(St. Croix County Jail)

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. Croix County stabbing suspect appears court Tuesday