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Man accused of shooting aunt and uncle pleaded not guilty

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) – The 21-year-old man accused of shooting his aunt and uncle in a rural Marathon County home has pleaded not guilty.

A judge also found there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Kyle Schaefer was in Marathon County court Wednesday. He's charged with first-degree attempted homicide and three counts of recklessly endangering safety with a weapon.

Prosecutors say Schaefer's motive is still unclear, as to why he shot his aunt and uncle on May 3.

Both the aunt, Sandra Schmitt, and the uncle, Patrick Schmitt, were taken to Wausau Aspirus Hospital. According to officials there, both have been released.

Investigators say the family had two friends over for a card game at their home in the town of Maine near the intersection of North 44th Avenue and County Highway U, according to the police report.

That's when investigators say the basement door opened.

"As he opened fire, shots hit the uncle, a shot also hit the aunt, as he initially opened the basement door he had the gun directly pointed at a guest," said Marathon County Deputy District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon earlier this month.

According to the police report, witnesses say Schaefer recently lost his job and was sad about his grandmother's recent death.

But the report says his uncle had been helping Schaefer find a job.

Schaefer is in jail on a $1 million bond.

He's expected back in court next month.

The defense attorney declined to comment.

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