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Trial begins for two men accused of killing Lac du Flambeau man

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HURLEY (WAOW) - Testimony began Monday in the trial of two men accused in a plot with three others to kill a Lac du Flambeau man whose bullet-riddled body was found on New Year's Day in rural Iron County, authorities said.

Richard Allen, 27, and Joseph Lussier, 26, both of Hurley, are charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of Wayne Valliere Jr. The punishment for conspiracy to commit murder is life in prison.

Fourteen jurors, which includes two alternates, were picked to hear the testimony. Two witnesses took the stand Monday in what is expected to be an eight-day trial, the clerk of court's office said.

Last week, James Lussier, 19, of Woodruff, reached a plea deal with prosecutors and was convicted of three felonies - participating in felony murder and two counts of aiding a felon - in Valliere's death. He is to be sentenced Nov. 5.

No trials from been set for two others charged in the killing - Curtis Wolfe, 26, and Evan Oungst, 28, both of Eagle River.

Valliere, 25, was last seen early in the morning on Dec. 22.

According to the criminal complaint, Oungst told investigators the six were riding around in a van, and at one point, everyone got out of the car and started to beat Valliere up.

"Allen then pulled out a gun. Joseph then heard a shot and saw that blood was coming out of the face of Wayne. While Wayne was still moving around and breathing, Joseph 'put a six pack in his back,'" according to the complaint." Joseph then advised that Wolfe, James Lussier and Oungst got rid of the body."

An autopsy revealed Valliere was shot eight times, including twice in the head.

An argument over a meth pipe that Valliere allegedly stole and a belief that he was a police informant have been cited as possible motives for the killing, according to the complaint.

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