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Juneau County DA denies relationship between suspected killer and victim


MAUSTON (WKOW) -- Juneau County's district attorney says there's no evidence the victim of a homicide in Mauston had a prior relationship with suspected killer Cody Truel.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday Truel was the ex-boyfriend of victim Gail Howland, attributing the information to Juneau County prosecutors.

"That's completely unfounded," district attorney Michael Solovy tells 27 News.

A criminal complaint against Truel states Truel's former girlfriend, Jayme Edgerton helped identify him as the man who fired shots outside a Mauston bar May 31.

Authorities say the 29-year old Howland died as a result of three gunshot wounds, and 23-year old Ebony Lasher was wounded. Lasher is listed in critical condition at UW Hospital.

Truel, a Master Sergeant in the Wisconsin Air National Guard, is jailed, with bail set at $2 million.

Authorities have declined comment on what motivated the crimes.

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