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Two-day trial set for Niagara man arrested after Wausau man's death


WAUSAU (WAOW) - A two-day trial was set Thursday for a Niagara man arrested after the 77-year-old father of his girlfriend was found dead in a garage in Wausau, according to online Marathon County court records.

Lee Franck, 56, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct involving domestic abuse as a repeat criminal and is being held on a $750,000 cash bond as police continue to investigate Lyle Leith's death.

The two-day trial is set to start June 12.

Prosecutors say Franck and Leith had a disagreement about Franck's relationship with Leith's daughter days before Leith was found dead Feb. 20 by his daughter, who had been living with Franck for a number of weeks.

Leith's daughter told police Franck said things like "you will all pay" and "I hope your family dies" in arguments that took place in mid-February, according to a criminal complaint. Police characterized Franck as being "very upset" with the Leith family.

Police have not said how Lyle Leith was killed and no charges have been filed accusing anyone of killing him, court records indicate.

Franck was arrested in Florence County a day after Leith's body was found. Police said force was used to enter Franck's "barricaded residence" after "numerous hours" of trying to negotiate his surrender.

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