A Prior Lake man facing murder charges but claiming self-defense in a knife attack at a western Wisconsin river that killed a Stillwater teenager and wounded four others has retained a lawyer who defended Kyle Rittenhouse, acquitted of fatally shooting two people in the summer of 2020 during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wis.
Nicolae Miu, 52, who appeared by video for a brief hearing Friday, told the court he has secured attorney Corey Chirafisi of Madison, Wis.
Chirafisi won not guilty verdicts for Rittenhouse on all charges in November, after the teenager testified he acted in self-defense in a case that fueled a national debate over rittenhouse-race-and-ethnicity-racial-injustice-wisconsin-9ac4570526adb52f460f24c870de03d0″guns, vigilantism and racial injustice.
Miu told authorities that he acted in self-defense when several people confronted him as he searched for a friend’s lost cellphone Saturday in the Apple River. He said some of the people “produced two weapons,” hit him and were on top of him at one point while calling him a child molester.
Miu remains jailed in lieu of $1 million cash bond. He was charged Monday in St. Croix County Circuit Court in Hudson with first-degree homicide and four counts of attempted first-degree homicide in the death of 17-year-old Isaac Schuman and wounding of four others.
Miu is due back in court next Friday for a followup hearing. Chirafisi was not present for Friday’s hearing.
Rittenhouse was charged with homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangering for killing two men and wounding a third with a semiautomatic rifle in the summer of 2020 during a tumultuous night of protests over the shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, by a white Kenosha police officer.
Legal analysts credited Chirafisi with drawing out a major concession from a prosecution witness that helped sway the jury in Rittenhouse’s