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Bail set in homicide case, suspect remains jailed


MAUSTON (WKOW) -- A member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard who's charged

 with first degree intentional homicide remains jailed, with bail set at $2 million dollars.

29-year old Cody Treul of Mauston also faces felony charges of attempted first degree intentional homicide, and recklessly endangering safety.

According to a criminal complaint against Treul, witnesses saw Treul shoot 29 year old Gayle Howland and 23 year old Ebony Lasher May 31. Court documents state the shootings took place in the outside, smoking area of a downtown Mauston bar. Authorities say Treul also pointed a gun at a man at the smoking patio.

Authorities have declined comment on what may have motivated Treul's actions.

Treul's former girlfriend, Jayme Edgerton of Mauston, tells 27 News Treul appeared intoxicated when she saw him a few hours before the shootings.

During a court hearing Monday, Treul's attorney, assistant state pubic defender Liz Mitchell, argued Treul's lack of a criminal record, and exemplary military record, justified bail no higher than $100,000.

But Juneau County Judge Paul Curran said protection of the public required the $2 million bail.

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs spokesperson Major Paul Rickert says Treul is a Master Sergeant who has served in the Air Force and Air Guard for ten years. Rickert says Treul is assigned to Volk Field, and formerly was stationed at an Air Force Base in Georgia. Rickert tells 27 News Treul works with military finances, such as payroll.

Rickert says during Treul's decade-long career, he's been a "model airman," with the exception of a first offense operating while intoxicated conviction in 2008. Rickert says Treul received counseling, and has no, other adverse actions against his military record.

Authorities state Treul was arrested shortly after the shootings, and had a semi-automatic hand gun. Juneau County District Attorney Michael Solovey tells 27 News he does not know if Treul had a state permit to carry a concealed weapon.

The criminal complaint states Howland had three gunshot wounds, and Lasher two. Lasher is listed in critical condition at UW Hospital.

Treul's next court appearance is June 19.


MAUSTON (WKOW) -- A Mauston woman is still in critical condition after being shot outside a bar early Friday morning.

Ebony Lasher is at UW Hospital in Madison. Officials there say as of Monday morning, she is listed in critical condition.

Police in Mauston are investigating the shooting behind P.J.s Bar and Grill. They arrested Cody J. Treul, 29, on tentative charges of first degree intentional homicide and attempted first degree intentional homicide. Police say another victim, Gail Howland, was killed.

Major Paul Rickert says Treul is a full-time member of the Air National Guard assigned to Volk Field, with a rank of Air Force Master Sergeant.

Treul is expected to make an initial appearance in court Monday afternoon.


MAUSTON (WKOW) -- The man accused of shooting and killing a Mauston woman and injuring another woman is expected in court today.

Cody J. Treul, 29, of Mauston is being held on tentative charges of first degree intentional homicide and attempted first degree intentional homicide.

Police arrested Treul after he allegedly shot and killed 29-year-old Gail Howland and injured 23-year-old Ebony M. Lasher behind P.J's Bar and Grill in Mauston.  Both victims are from Mauston.

The case is still under investigation. 

Sheriff's officials anticipate Treul will make his initial court appearance today at 2:30 in Juneau County.

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