Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The 22-year-old Chippewa Falls man accused of killing Kenneth Patterson last summer was back in court Thursday and is one step closer to trial.
Jesse Lloyd is facing three felony charges including first degree intentional homicide, possession of a firearm and armed robbery with use of force.
He along with Matthew Labrec were arrested in conjunction with the March 2016 killing.
Labrec was sentenced to 20 years in prison in a plea deal last February, in which the murder charges were dropped. He could be asked to testify against Lloyd.
Both sides of the court room made several motions that were reviewed Thursday. Many of them were jury instructions, or stipulating what kind of words can and can't be used during trial. Some of the motions were also made to minimize the unexpected during trial.
"I don't want to be in a situation where we are making decisions based on unlimited preparation time and perhaps limited information," said Judge James Isaacson. "We're all going to follow the law in this case to present, I hope, an orderly trial. If I need to address those matters, I want to address them before the trial."
A seven-day jury trial is scheduled to start on January 23. A second motion hearing will be scheduled closer to that date.